You finally have a week's vacation and you and your husband have decided that you do not feel like going to Disney World with your children yet again. As much as you love your children, sometimes you just need to get away from them. You are ready to disconnect from technology, spend quality time with each other, eat at a restaurant that does not include a meal of macaroni and cheese and french fries. Maybe all you need is a few days of laying on the beach reading trash magazines and drinking margaritas. No shame there.
Although you are away from your children, as a parent you will always be wondering if they are okay while you are away. Maybe you left them with your parents. No fears, right? After all, your parents raised you and you survived. Grandparents will let their grandchildren get away with much more than they would with their own children. They will let them stay up late, eat candy at all hours of the day, jump on the beds and just go crazy.
What happens when that crazy turns into UH-OH. That UH-OH might lead to an emergency room visit for stitches or even worse, broken bones. If you, the parent, are not here to make medical decisions for your children, who can make those decisions when you are out of town?
Before leaving on a vacation or an extended work trip, it is so important to prepare a Medical Power of Attorney for your minor children. Whether your children are staying with your parents, your brother or sister, or even the neighbors, this document should be in place.
The Medical Power of Attorney can be valid for as long as your trip or up until your child reaches the age of 18. The decision is completely up to you. It will be a short list that is sufficient enough to allow the adult watching your children to be able to make medical decisions for your children if something happens while you are out of town.
If you live in Miami-Dade, Broward, or Palm Beach contact an experienced estate-planning attorney at The Hershey Law Firm, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, at (954) 303-9468 to discuss your estate planning needs. You can’t predict the future, but you can plan for it.