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Healthcare Consent for Minors

From time to time, most parents will find themselves in a situation where their minor child is staying with someone else.  Most of the time, this involves the expected overnight stay with a friend or relative.  However, under different circumstances, parents might find themselves away from their children for longer periods of time.  A special anniversary trip, or a child’s invitation to spend the week with a friend and his family out of town, could mean parents and child are away from each other for longer periods.  In these situations, it is advisable to consider executing a Consent to Minor’s Healthcare for situations when the parent cannot quickly get back.

North Carolina has a statutory provision by which a parent can appoint an agent to consent to healthcare for a minor child.  Additionally, healthcare consent for minors can be incorporated into a recommendation letter for a short-term guardian for the minor.  In either case, parents with minor children should consider adding one or both of these documents to their own estate plans.  Not only will the parents get comfort from knowing they’ve taken appropriate steps to be sure their children get necessary healthcare, the person caring for the minor will be assured they can act as necessary if a medical emergency arises and the parents are not immediately available.

Planning for Pets

North Carolina is one of a growing number of states that currently allow an individual to create a trust for the care of one or more designated domestic or pet animals.  These trusts can be created in a will, as part of a revocable or irrevocable … [Continue reading]

2014 Arrives

2014 has arrived!  Each year at this time, many people have 'finally get a will' as part of their New Year's Resolutions.  The process is not as intimidating and stressful as you might think.  Whoever you choose to begin your estate plan, making the … [Continue reading]

A.R.T. and the Estate Plan

Artwork is a unique asset in an estate plan.  Paintings, sculptures and literary works can present challenging problems when included in a person's estate plan.  But this post is about another kind of ART - Assisted Reproductive Technology - and it … [Continue reading]

Do-It-Yourself Estate Planning?

Considering Do-It-Yourself Estate Planning? It is not something I would recommend for anyone considering whether they need a will. Among the reasons why you might want to consider an attorney, rather than a do-it-yourself estate plan are: estate … [Continue reading]

Back to School

As summer ends and our commutes get longer with back to school traffic, some of us face empty bedrooms and fewer members in our homes.  As September begins, many of our first-born children have left for colleges and universities across the United … [Continue reading]

The DOMA Decision

The Supreme Court published its long-awaited decision in the Windsor case today.  In a 5-4 decision, the Court held Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional.  What this means for same-sex couples across the country will … [Continue reading]

Estate Planning for Business Owners

Owners of closely-held businesses face unique challenges when it comes to estate planning.  In addition to planning to pass along the non-business assets, closely-held business owners must concern themselves with developing a business succession … [Continue reading]

Beneficiary Designations

Wills set out the disposition desires for an individual's probate assets.  An important part of many people's estates, however, are non-probate assets.  Life insurance and retirement accounts are two of the most commons non-probate assets.  These … [Continue reading]

When should I review my estate planning documents?

For most people, reviewing their estate planning documents is something that should be done every 3-5 years.  However, if a significant life event occurs in the middle of one of these periods, it is probably wortwhile to take a look at your documents … [Continue reading]