Tis the season. The annual rite of passage of turning 18 and graduating is upon us. Fun. Sun. Graduation Parties.
I know it personally. Our amazing daughter Lily turned 18 in February, graduated from high school this week, and is headed to college in September. While we were preparing to celebrate all of the accomplishments, excitement and opportunities, a wise legally-trained friend asked an astute question:
“So, has Lily signed a health care power of attorney and a HIPAA consent form?”
I said, “no. Why?”
“While Lily will always be your child,” my friend responded, “she’s now an adult. So if, God forbid, anything happens to her now or while she’s away at college, you won’t be able to talk to any doctors or anyone else about her health care and legal matters. You better get that done.”
Thanks to his reminders, we were well prepared for Lily’s birthday with a few legal presents for her newly, legally-adult mind to consider.
The point: if your children or grandchildren are graduating from high school or have recently turned 18, one of the best gifts you can give them is sharing this little bit of legal advice.
My next step: Before she leaves for college, I will make sure our daughter executes a will, pour-over trust, durable power of attorney, and health care directive. I hope it’s decades before any of this is relevant to her, but it’s a great first step to adulthood.
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