By Debra Verni
It is that time of year when parents pack up their college bound child and drop them off at college. When making a “to do” list of what our children need to be prepared for college the last thing on a parent’s mind is estate planning or advance directives.
Have you thought about the fact that now that your child is 18, you can no longer make decisions for them, as they are an “adult” in the eyes of the law?
Although we all know, “adulting” is overrated, just the same, your child is an adult and you can no longer make financial or health care decisions for them.
Why is this important to know? When my son went away to college, I made sure he executed a health care proxy that appointed me as his agent. I gave a copy of his health care proxy to student health services and after a few trips to the ER at the local hospital; they had it on file as well. Without a health care proxy on file, health care providers did not have anyone to contact if my son could not make medical decisions for himself. The health care proxy gave me the ability to make health care decisions for him if he could not make decisions for himself.