The holiday season: a time for festivities, family gatherings, and thoughtful gift-giving. But amidst the joy and reunions, there’s another important matter parents should consider – creating a healthcare directive for their now-adult children. Here’s why this festive season might be the perfect time for parents to address this issue and how I can offer my assistance.
Why is it Important?
It’s a topic many families shy away from, but the reality is that once your child turns 18, they’re legally considered an adult. This means parents no longer automatically have the right to make medical decisions on their behalf. The hustle and bustle of college life, combined with the occasional youthful sense of invulnerability, means that many young adults don’t think about potential health issues or emergencies. Yet, unexpected medical situations can arise, and when they do, it’s paramount to have a plan in place.
The Legal Implication:
One major concern? The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). This act restricts the disclosure of medical information. Without a healthcare directive, doctors might be legally barred from discussing your adult child’s health status with you. This can directly impact patient care, particularly when swift decisions are needed.
The Minnesota Specifics:
For Minnesotans, a common query arises: the need for notarization of a healthcare directive. In our state, you’d either require a notary or the signatures of two witnesses. This might sound complex, but with my guidance, it’s quite manageable.
Your Ally in the Process:
How do you effectively draft an advanced healthcare directive? While numerous forms and resources populate the internet, having a seasoned professional by your side ensures every aspect is considered. I’m here to guide parents and their young adults at every step, ensuring understanding, legal compliance, and a sense of security.
Validity of the Directive:
Another common concern is the lifespan of these directives. Do they expire? The simple answer is no. Once signed, a healthcare directive remains valid unless and until your child chooses to revoke or replace it. It’s a lasting commitment to their health and well-being.
Is a Lawyer Essential?
Technically, you don’t need a lawyer to draft an advanced healthcare directive. However, think of it this way: you don’t technically need a mechanic to change your car’s oil, but having an expert ensures everything runs smoothly. With something as crucial as a healthcare directive, you want to ensure no detail is overlooked. My expertise aims to create a document that is comprehensive, legally accurate, and tailored to your child’s unique requirements.
This holiday season, I urge families to consider more than just the festive charm. Estate planning is not limited to seniors or those with vast assets. It’s about ensuring that during turbulent times, your focus remains undivided – on your loved ones. Collaborate with me, Amy Kuronen, and add an extra layer of meaning to your holiday celebrations.