Why Your College Kid Needs Medical Directives

When your child headed off to college or turned 18, you probably were so busy helping them prepare for their new life that you didn’t realize the law says you are no longer automatically entitled to make medical decisions for them in an emergency.

graduationYour young adult child needs to complete their own legal health care directives to make their medical wishes known. This allows them to express their wishes for their medical care in an emergency, and authorizes you or whoever they have chosen to make medical decisions on their behalf if they cannot.

There are three main legal health care directives your young adult child will need:

Living Will

A living will is a legal declaration where your young adult child states their end of life wishes.

Advanced Health Care Directive

An Advanced Health Care Directive (also known as a Health Care Power of Attorney) works in conjunction with your young adult child’s living will, and allows you (or someone else they’ve designated) to make medical decisions for them if they are temporarily or permanently incapacitated.

HIPAA Authorization

HIPAA is a federal law that says your young adult child’s medical information is private and cannot be released to anyone, including you, without their authorization.

Your young adult child can execute a HIPAA Authorization that authorizes you and other people they have chosen to receive information about their medical condition if they are incapacitated or have died.

If you have a young adult child who needs help completely their legal health care directives, call your Newport Beach Estate Planning Law Firm. Meier Law firm focuses on helping parents plan for their kids, through childhood and beyond, and can help you make sure your entire family would be taken care of in an emergency. We invite you to talk with us by scheduling a Planning Session online or by calling us at 949.718.0420.

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