Aging In Michigan - September 2018

Off to College? Don’t forget the POAs

For parents, few things (if any) invoke more emotions than leaving a child on a college campus. It marks an end and a beginning, filled with promise and fear, fulfillment and emptiness.

Moving your child into their dorm or apartment, filling the refrigerator, talking about expectations while knowing that there will be experiences that you don’t control or even know about. It’s all part of the package – and so much more.

But don’t forget the POAs. Now that your child is an adult, if they should have a serious accident and become incapacitated, you don’t have the legal right to make decisions for them, medical or financial. It probably won’t happen, but if it does, you will want to be able to talk to doctors and to have the authority to handle their affairs. Good college planning includes having your child execute simple power of attorneys.


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