Sending your child off to college comes with a never-ending to-do list and numerous trips to Bed Bath and Beyond. It can be overwhelming. One task that your family should put at the top of the to-do list is to make sure that they are legally ready to be on their own. Now that your child is 18, they are a legal adult and this means more freedom for them and less accessibility for you.
It may seem like just yesterday you were making their doctors’ appointments, but once your child turns 18, legally they must make their own medical decisions. Additionally, your child must authorize the release of medical information to you. But what happens in an emergency situation? What if they are unconscious and unable to consent? While it can be difficult to prepare for the unimaginable, experts recommend taking proactive steps and preparing the necessary legal documents. What legal documents might you need?
Similar to healthcare matters, colleges will not talk to parents about tuition payments or bills. Some schools have their own forms, so it can be worth checking your child’s university policies. In addition, there are legal documents that can should be put in place:
It is important that your child, not you as the parent, is the person making these decisions. Schedule a consultation with Ladimer Law today to have your young adult child discuss their options and make a well-informed decision. By squaring this away, you can have peace of mind and go back to finding them the perfect dorm decor!
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