Estate Planning Video: “When Your Teenager Turns 18, Your Rights as a Parent Change”

As a parent, you’ll always be there to help your child, no matter how old he or she is. But once your child turns 18, the law considers him or her to be an adult, and that can thwart your ability to assist with or even know about medical, financial, and other issues in the way you always have.

In this video from her Estate Planning Series, Grand Rapids estate planning lawyer Bobbi Hines discusses a situation she encountered when her daughter turned 18 and teachers, school administrators, doctors, and others would no longer talk to Bobbi or share her child’s records without her daughter’s permission. Learn how a medical power of attorney, HIPAA authorization, and general durable power of attorney will allow you to continue to care for your teenage kids as they enter adulthood.

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