Most college-bound freshman are over 18. The law says that makes them adults; parents know better. They are grown-up but new to the world of managing their money, bills and contracts. New to the world of managing their own medical appointments and follow-ups.
If you need to talk to the bursar’s office about tuition, grants, or loan disbursements you will need your freshman’s authorization. Ditto if your want to talk to the doctor or nurse-practioner who examined your freshmen. Other examples abound.
So now is a good time to consider suggesting your new adult appoint you his or her agent under a durable power of attorney and medical agent under a health-care directive and HIPAA release.
Contact us if you want to look into this off-to-college planning.