A recent post discussed the importance of having a power of attorney for finance in place in regards to dementia. On the flip-side, many families overlook the importance of powers of attorney for their college aged children.
Once a child turns 18 he or she can vote, marry, or sign up for the army – and they also become a legal stranger in many ways. No longer may you as the parent be able to access their grades at school, and in some states, you will not be able to make health care and or financial decisions for them without a court order.
As you help your child pack and prepare for college, you should also take some time to learn about the requirements for powers of attorney in the state where your child will be a student. And encourage your child to take the time to complete some basic paperwork nominating who in the family should take charge if an unlikely accident or illness occurs.