May is almost here and highschool seniors will be graduating. If you have a graduating senior, you should know that when your child turns 18, because of HIPAA laws, you will no longer be able to talk to your child's doctor or make medical decisions for your child unless your child has signed a healthcare power of attorney naming you as a healthcare agent. For many parents, calling a child's doctor and being told they no longer have access to their child's healthcare and appointment information can be like hitting a brick wall. Luckily, there is a way to avoid this.
Your child can sign a healthcare power of attorney form designating a parent or other family member as his or her healthcare agent. Like other adults, graduating seniors need a healthcare power of attorney. This document alone can be a lifesaver. In addition to a healthcare power of attorney, it is also advisable for every 18 year-old to have a will, living will, and durable financial power of attorney. These emergency documents are not expensive and can save time, money, and family stress later. It's easier than you think to get everything in place for your child.
If you'd like to find out more, contact Nancy at 980.247.3011.
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