As Houston teenagers send off their acceptances to the college of their choice and begin preparation for leaving their house for perhaps the first time in their life, estate planning is probably the last thing on their mind. The biggest concern they have is choosing freshman year courses, not signing a power of attorney or medical directive.
But Houston parents sending their children off to college should be more realistic. Though no parent wants to consider the possibility of their children getting injured, Houston parents may not be aware that if the situation does arise, they do not have any right to access their child's medical records. In addition to this, since their college going children are adults now, they also do not have the right to make any health care decisions. Preparing a few estate-planning documents however, can change that.