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If something happens now and parents need to intervene, they may not be able to do so just because they are parents. HIPPA and other privacy laws may now apply to them. Also, the new college students are adults and are bound to their agreements. If someone wants or needs to assist the student with something like dealing with an apartment lease, that person, even a parent, my need to be granted the power to negotiate a resolution. Parents may no longer exercise power by virtue of being a parent.
One way to gain that power is for the child to give Power-of-Attorney to his or her parents. This will allow parents to step in to assist during an emergency. This may be a good time to talk to your "baby" about Powers-of-Attorney and their value. This is a document that is better to have and not need it than to need it and not have it. To find out more, talk to an attorney.
If you want assistance, legal representation, or just want to know more about Mark M. Medvesky or Wells, Hoffman, Holloway & Medvesky LLP, check out our website at www.whhmlaw.com.
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