For parents of college students the only concern used to be making sure they packed everything and all their semester fees were paid. But aside from class schedules and dorm rooms, there are legal aspects that parents should be aware of when kids leave home for the first time.
When a child turns 18 they are considered an adult in the eyes of the state. Even though you are their parent, you cannot make medical decisions for them. If you don’t want to have that right taken away, you need to talk to an attorney about getting a Health Care Power of Attorney to enable you to make decisions on behalf of your child if they are unable to do so for themselves.
First Jobs and First Apartment
Attorneys can advise you on a multitude of topics and situations for which you may face in the future. Young adults entering the workforce and trying to balance school and life will encounter the following situations at some point and it’s nice to know you have a professional in your corner to help you:
● Leases & Contracts
● Rental agreements
● Employment Law
● Landlord-Tenant Law
● Credit and Debt
● Criminal Misdemeanor
The right to privacy not only pertains to you, but your child as well. You should know that the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) mandates that schools must have written consent to share your child’s academic or personal records with any outside parties. This relates to school photos being used for yearbooks, information released to other educators for special programs and recognition for awards and academic achievement.Make sure you understand this law and how it affects you and your family.
You should also find out your child’s school policies that pertain to:
● Cyber bullying
● Drug testing policies
● Curriculum standards
● Use of prescription medication
● Competency testing standards
First-time Traffic Citation
Parents always dread that phone call advising them that their child has been in an accident. Hopefully, that never happens but you can expect the occasional traffic ticket for speeding or failing to yield at a stop sign. And if you are a member of LegalShield, you won’t get stuck paying high hourly attorney fees. You can consult with an attorney for the cost of your regular membership payment.
LegalShield’s dedicated law firms can help you with a variety of issues you and your child may face as they travel the road to adulthood. As young adults, they may get into trouble every now and then. They may have issues with:
● Fake IDs
● Student conduct
● Speeding tickets
● Underage drinking
● Recreational marijuana use
For kids, going back to school means more than just new school clothes, textbooks, and term papers. It is a new world opening up to them and as parents; we need to help them navigate through the waters of uncertainty.
Send your kids back to school with confidence knowing that if you need help or legal advice, LegalShield provider law firms are there if you have questions. Call and speak with an attorney today.