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How do I manage medical decisions for my son if he is in another state?

Posted on Thu Oct 29, 2015, on Estate Planning

From our “Ask a Question” mailbag: My son does not get along with his stepfather and wants to move to another state to live with relatives. He won’t turn 18 for another year. How do I manage medical decisions for him if he is in another state?

For non-emergency medical care, there is likely no problem as you can communicate with his local doctor and give authorization for examinations or minor care. Work with his doctor and give their office the authorization that they request.

Your problem really stems from any need for emergency medical care. You can give authorization to another person to have emergency medical powers if you (and the other parent, if he is in the picture) are unavailable.

These documents are a typical part of every estate plan when a minor is involved. Your will can appoint a guardianfor your child if you are dead. However, if you are incapacitated (from an injury like those sustained in a car accident), you need someone to step in to care for your child until you recover.

If you have any other questions about Temporary or Medical Guardianships, feel free to contact our office for a free consultation.

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