Upon reaching the age of 18, your child is an adult, and laws such as HIPAA or Massachusetts confidentiality laws provide total protection of his or her privacy. Even if you are paying for your adult child's tuition and/or living expenses, your son or daughter is entitled to medical and financial privacy.
Should there be a medical emergency, you may not be able to get the information you need to advocate for your child, especially if he or she is attending school many miles away from home.
Once a child reaches the age of 18, the parents are legally "out of the loop" when it comes to decision-making.
If you have a son or daughter leaving for college be sure to have him or her sign a health care proxy and a durable power of attorney. The power of attorney for health care, advocacy and property are documents that are equally helpful for families with adult children who are challenged with health impairments, visual, hearing or mild cognitive disabilities, or anyone who may need health services more than the average child.
For more information, contact the Law Offices of Renee Lazar either through email or telephone 978-844-4095 to schedule a FREE one hour no obligation consultation.