Parental Power of Attorney: The Legal Document Needed For Those Caring For Your Children

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Whether the kids will be with Grandma and Grandpa during the summer or a nanny when you go on a quick get away or business trip, it is important to consider whether the person caring for your children has the legal tools necessary to care for your child. As a parent, you have the ability to make legal and medical decisions for your children under the age of 18. What happens, though, if your child gets sick while you are away, or when the child is on vacation without you? While we are often only a cellphone away, that is not always sufficient in an emergency.

A parental power of attorney is a document which may be used to give another individual the ability to make important decisions for your child or to consent to specific things while the child is in that person’s care. Similar to a Durable Financial Power of Attorney, a parental power of attorney may be limited in scope or more general. The grant of the powers may be limited to the length of a trip or may be broader in duration. Such a document could allow the caregiver to sign a consent or waiver required for your child to ride a go-cart as well as to authorize an emergency appendectomy. Without the document, your child could be excluded from an activity or forced to wait for surgery until you can be located. While a simple note may be sufficient, having a more robust document may provide peace of mind that the individual caring for your child has all of the tools he or she needs in order to care for your child.

If you are planning travel or if your children will be traveling without you, you should consider executing a parental power of attorney.

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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