Taking a Vacation without the Kids? Have you Appointed a Person to Authorize Medical Treatment?
Why is this Important?
Have you planned a getaway for just the "grown-ups"? If you are arranging a trip and leaving your children with grandparents or a family friend, have you considered what authority the caregiver will have in a medical emergency?
What is the Solution?
If you leave your children (or are a person taking care of the children), it is necessary to have a Temporary Authorization to Approve Medical Treatment signed by both parents.
Putting this Temporary Authorization in place will save parents from cutting their vacation short over an ear infection or a sore throat. More importantly, this Temporary Authorization will ensure the person you put in charge can do everything needed to protect your children.
How can you Create this Authorization?
Typically this authorization would be created by your Attorney to ensure you understand the limitations on the Caregiver's authority. In addition, it is a good idea to ensure your Will, Power of Attorney, and Estate Plan are up-to-date before taking your trip.
How long does it take to update or create a Will and Estate Plan?
After the initial free consultation, it typically takes 2-4 weeks. It is possible to expedite if you have an upcoming vacation or short timeline. In the initial consultation, we will discuss your goals, options for achieving those goals, and the flat rate for services.
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Elliott Stapleton Attorney with CMRS Law