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Your College-Bound Child and the Law

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Foster Swift 2nd Wednesday Morning Break
August 11, 2021

As summer turns to fall, a new crop of first-year college students begin a new chapter in their lives. This can be both an exciting and nerve-racking experience for the parents.

What can parents do to better prepare themselves and their children? What happens if a child gets in an accident? What happens if the child receives an MIP?

Join us for our next virtual Second Wednesday Morning Break where we will discuss the topic of Your College-Bound Child and the Law

When: August 11, 2021 from 9:00-9:30 am
Fee: Free

Hosted by moderator Patricia Scott, this Q&A discussion will feature her fellow attorneys, Amanda Afton Martin and Robert Easterly.

Amanda is an estate planning attorney with the firm's Southfield office. As children reach adulthood, parents should consider not only revising their own estate plan but also the creation of the now-adult children's estate plans. Amanda's discussion will focus on important documents that may be needed as your child goes off to college on their own.

  • For example, before they leave for college, a patient advocate designation should be prepared for the child, naming their parent(s) to act as patient advocate(s) to make medical decisions on the child's behalf if they are unable to do so. A patient advocate designation must also be accompanied by a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) form. Without these in place, if a child is at least 18 years old and is hospitalized for any reason, the health provider will not disclose any of the child’s medical information to the parent(s) due to HIPAA privacy laws. For more on this, visit Amanda's recent article: Estate Planning for New and Aging Parents.

Robert is a litigation and criminal law attorney with the firm's Lansing office. His discussion will focus on students' potential interactions with law enforcement.

This discussion will be an open format so we strongly encourage asking questions via the chat box during the session.