My children are at an age when they are getting ready to go off to college and live on their own. As a parent, I take them to the doctor's office, help with school work and act as mediator when they do not get along. When I attended college orientation with my oldest daughter a few years ago, I realized for the first time that not only was she going off to college, but she was also on her own and I may no longer be able to help her when she needed it most. She was 18 years old and an adult.
As we get older we may think about preparing a Power of Attorney, Health Care Proxy, HIPAA waivers, and even a Living Will or Last Will and Testament to ensure that our wishes are honored and our families are cared for. I have prepared many such documents for my clients over the years. However, this was the first time I realized that my young daughter may need them as well. No longer could I expect that her school would allow me to access her account to be sure the tuition bills were paid or that her physician would give me her medical information if she were injured or sick. In fact, it is just as important for our children to have the tools in place that allow us to help them when they need us most as they become young adults and go off on their own. The law firm of Anne R. Tessier can help you put a plan in place that meets the needs of young adults.
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