|Legal Documents Every 18 Year Old Needs to Ensure Their Parents Can Intervene Medically on Their Behalf
Source: Reprinted from the May 2017 Newsletter of Sheri R. Abrams, Attorney at Law, www.sheriabrams.com
|It’s the end of the school year and graduations are in full swing. As your “baby” steps into adulthood, you might not realize that you will soon lose the ability to help your child or make healthcare decisions (even though you may still be paying the bill!) because of privacy laws.
For that reason, parents of children turning 18, who have capacity, are urged to prepare a Health Care Power of Attorney, an Advance Directive (Living Will) and a HIPAA Authorization to ensure they are consulted and actively involved in their child’s care should they become ill, incapacitated or seriously injured in an accident.
Under current HIPAA laws, parents may be barred from making necessary medical and life-saving decisions on their child’s behalf without such documentation in place. Most parents assume they can make medical decisions until their child is legally married, but that is just not the case. The law can prevent parents from getting involved in the care of a person age 18 or older without explicit permission through legal documentation.
Because of this, parents of children turning 18, who have the capacity to do so, should have their child create the following documents as soon as possible:
Without such directives in place, parents could be helpless spectators to their child’s care should they become ill, disabled or otherwise unable to speak for themselves.
If you need help putting such documents in place for your child, please call to schedule an appointment.