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.
If you own real estate that you have inherited and you don’t have title insurance, consider it. People instinctively think that since it’s been in the family for years, there are no title issues. Unfortunately, properties owned for generations are by far the very properties that do have title issues. These properties have usually not been mortgaged, so the titles have not been vetted. Title insurance is an insured statement of the condition of your title or ownership rights to the property. It guarantees you own the property. Don’t get to the closing and find out you have title defects, which can cause major issues.