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June 29, 2022

4 Essential Estate Planning Documents College-Aged Children Need

If your child is off to college this year, have you already set up a basic estate plan for them? If not, you're part of the majority that answers "no" to this question. Fortunately, with summer break already here, you can take this time to sit down with an estate planning attorney to create a plan.

With your child free from school obligations, you can bring them along to learn about the importance of this process and sign off on the necessary documentation before returning to campus this fall. 

Four essential estate planning documents your child should have before next semester

If your child is college-bound, the following four estate planning documents are crucial for them to have:

  1. Last Will and Testament: Even though your son or daughter is only in their late teens or early twenties, having a will drawn up is important. This document handles how their assets should be distributed and can take care of other situations, like guardianship of your grandchild. 
  2. Financial Power of Attorney: This is another essential document that legally empowers you or your spouse to handle your child's finances on their behalf. You can create a form with "durable" powers should your child become incapacitated. 
  3. Health Care Power of Attorney: If your child cannot make health care decisions on their own due to incapacitation, a health care power of attorney allows your child to appoint someone to do so on their behalf. 
  4. HIPAA Authorization: The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) authorization is essential in making crucial healthcare decisions for your child. This power of attorney option authorizes physicians and other healthcare providers to share information regarding your child's medical conditions and diagnoses. Without this document, informed decisions about your son or daughter's condition are difficult.

Contact us right away if you and your child would like to create an estate plan that covers the essentials. We welcome the opportunity to help your family gain peace of mind knowing that your child's best interests are protected.

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