Imagine if your adult child is in a car accident and brought to the hospital unconscious, don’t assume that the hospital will talk to you automatically, like they did when they were minors. Due to HIPAA restrictions, hospitals have to adhere to strict guidelines as to whom they can communicate with regarding health information. EVERYONE (even 18-year-olds) should designate parents as agents in a Durable Power of Attorney for finances and an Advance Health Care Directive. These documents will ensure that you, as a parent, will be able to advocate for your young adult children if they cannot speak for themselves. Consider paying for them to execute the documents for your peace of mind.
-Kathryn Bedell, Esq.