The Good News provides a monthly column with important content having to do with topics from the legal community. This month, William “Bill” C. Davell and Christine Yates, of Tripp Scott PA, address emergency powers.
Bill Davell: My child is finally headed off to college. Why should I consider arranging for emergency legal powers?
Christine Yates: Picture the nightmare scenario where your 18+-year-old Big Woman or Man on Campus embarks with friends on a weekend trip and an accident occurs. You rush to the medical facility expecting a full rundown on his or her condition, but doctors cannot tell you a thing because your child is no longer a minor.
Or bills come due, and you can’t pay them without digging into your own pockets or even talk to insurance companies because the bank and insurers won’t grant access to your progeny’s accounts. At this point, the only remedy is a costly, inefficient guardianship proceeding.
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