The extent to which we all have to jump through more hoops in life has expanded substantially over the past 15 years or so. You can easily test this idea by trying to use a financial power of attorney document at a financial institution, or better yet try to deal with someone’s IRA account using a power of attorney. Or, what if your child has to be hospitalized while out of town without you? Try to deal expediently with the HIPAA medical confidentiality rules, etc.
This post includes a sample “John Doe” authorization document (referring to Georgia law) for minor children who might travel this summer (or stay with relatives or friends) without their parents immediately at hand. Click here for the sample pdf document. The hope, of course, is that no situations develop that require this document. But, taking a few minutes now to put the document in place could potentially help you and keep your away-from-home children from being caught in a snare (that you could have helped prevent).
The legal ethics rules require that I inform you that my blog is for marketing purposes and readers cannot rely on this blog post, nor on the pdf sample document, as legal advice from me or KaneTreadwell Law. I recommend strongly you consult a lawyer for assistance with this pdf document if you wish to put it in place for your particular situation.
Here also is one of my previous blog posts on planning for our age-18 and over children, especially those off at college. Click here.
Have a great summer.