By now, we’ve all heard the news – again. At a college, this time, rather than a mall or a movie theater or a high school. But mass-shootings at colleges, unfortunately, are not new.
In February, 2008, five students died and 16 were wounded in a shooting at Northern Illinois University. In August, 1966, 18 people were killed and 30 wounded at the University of Texas. In April, 2007, at Virginia Tech, 33 dead (including the shooter) and 15 injured. July, 1976, seven dead and two wounded at Cal State University. November, 1991, at the University of Iowa, five dead, one wounded.
On Tuesday frantic parents who were unable to reach their children besieged the school with phone calls. And they were all told pretty much the same thing: “Sorry, we can’t tell you anything.” “Sorry, we can’t confirm…”
In these situations, parents are often unable to get information from the schools. Not because the schools don’t want to give it – but because they’re not allowed to give it.
If your child is 18, he or she is protected by the same privacy laws that protect you. If – God Forbid – your child is injured, and you need information on his/her condition, you won’t be able to get it without a Durable Power of Attorney on file. And if you have to make decisions about medical care for your child…you won’t be able to do it without a Durable Power of Attorney on file.
You’d have to go to court to get guardianship documents, which could take weeks or even months…which your child may not have.
We’re parents, too. And we know this is a difficult thing to discuss. But it’s a big, scary world out there. And we all – including our college-age children – have to live in it.
But we can help ease your worries…and answer your questions.
At The Law Offices of Alice Reiter Feld & Associates, we’ve been answering questions like these for 33 years, and we’ve helped many South Florida families protect their children with DPA’s.
We’re Elder Law attorneys, and we help families with comprehensive estate planning, wills, trusts, powers of attorney, long-term care planning, and asset-protection plans. But we can help with your over-18 children, too.
We’re just a phone call away.
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Your College-Age Child Needs A Durable Power Of Attorney – Believe It Or Not!