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Jay & Aidan: Ready for Adulthood

Watch Jay and his son, Aidan, navigate Aidan’s transition into adulthood with GradDocs. Their story highlights the importance of being legally prepared for life’s unforeseen challenges.

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This document authorizes another person to manage someone’s financial affairs if they are unable (or unwilling) to manage their affairs themselves.

This document authorizes an Agent to make medical decisions and direct care for someone if they are unable to communicate their wishes themselves.

This document authorizes individuals to have access to a person’s medical information.

This document allows the parents of a student over the age of 18 to access the student’s educational records.

Top questions

Once someone turns 18, your guardianship unceremoniously ends and you no longer can legally help them with finances, medical decisions or access their educational records – even if you are the one paying for all those things!

Many parents are starting to ask this question, and it's a good one. A young adult power of attorney is an essential legal document that all young people need when they reach 18 years of age. Most parents assume that they have automatic authority to handle decisions for their adult children if they encounter an unexpected illness or accident that leaves them incapacitated.

However, once a child turns 18, parents no longer have the authority to make medical or financial decisions for their children. Power of attorney forms authorize parents to help their adult children manage financial, legal and health care decisions as needed.

Without a power of attorney in place, parents are hamstrung as to how to help their children and hindered in their efforts to advocate for their best interests. If your child becomes incapacitated and has not signed powers of attorney, family may be required to ask a court to appoint a guardian or conservator to handle decisions. This can be a complex and expensive process overseen by a court. Power of attorney forms eliminate this concern.

Every state requires that these legal documents can only be signed by someone who is 18 years or older. In Alabama and Nebraska, you must be over 19 years old to sign. 

Copies of your GradDocs package documents are valid to use just like the originals. Its important to keep the originals in a safe place though so you know they are protected and can be copied again in the future.

To know where you live for legal document purposes, your home state is where you have decided to permanently reside state. This is where you vote, pay taxes, and likely have a driver's license from. If you temporarily leave your home state, you can still consider your home state as your domicile and can use your state-based documents throughout the United States.

This applies to your young adult to when they go off to college or leave temporarily for school. 

If your young adult moves to another state to attend school or is just temporary, their home state is likely your home state still.  However, if they sign in one state and then move, the documents are still valid because documents that are validly executed under the laws in a state generally be honored in other states.

Legal documents often need to be notarized or witnessed. The best practice is to sign with notary and have your documents notarized. We can help with online notarization if you need it.

4-Key Legal Documents: Have peace of mind that your young adult has their legal documents in order.

Let your young adult level-up and execute their first legal documents!

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