Graduating high school is a pivotal point in a person’s life. You are ready to go to college, travel the world, serve our country, or join the working world. It’s a big leap from living in your parents’ home and abiding by their rules to living someplace new and creating your own set of rules. Whatever your chosen next-step in life, now is the time to start thinking about a few essential documents.
When you turn 18 you are given the power to make more decisions for yourself and that means that in some cases, your parents are no longer automatically allowed to step in on your behalf. The laws protect adults’ medical information and financial information. Therefore, if you are injured and unable to communicate to doctors or medical personnel, there is no one there to help. If you are hurt or sick while away from home, the doctor or hospital will not be able to discuss your condition with anyone, including your parents. The same thing goes for finances. If you are studying abroad and your credit card gets stolen, your parents cannot help you. This can be isolating and scary for someone just out on their own.
Luckily, there is a simple solution to all of these problems. There are three legal documents we recommend to all persons 18 years and older. They are the Health Care Proxy, the HIPAA release, and the Durable Power of Attorney.
How to get your three essential documents:
So how does a graduating senior get these documents? At Ladimer Law the process is quite simple.
The first phone call takes about 15-20 minutes. The document signing meeting takes about 15-20 as well. So, the whole process takes less than an hour! Adulting doesn’t have to be tiresome or time consuming all the time! If you have questions about these documents, or anything related to estate planning, the attorneys at Ladimer Law are here to help. Contact us today.
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