The Education Power of Attorney:
Another Step Towards Independence
When children reach the age of 18, they are legally considered to be adults and in charge of their own decisions.
We encourage all of our clients to have their children sign financial and health care powers of attorney when they turn 18 in order to allow their parents to continue to be their advocates and provide assistance to them with their financial and health care needs.
These issues are magnified when the young adult also has special needs that make it more difficult for him or her to navigate the "real world" unaided. We have found that adult children with disabilities may need additional support when it comes to completing applications for employment, making sense of their educational rights and responsibilities, and completing applications for acceptance to post high school education programs at trade schools and colleges. The Education Power of Attorney provides parents with the authorization necessary to assist their young adult with special needs.
As our children strive for independence, this power of attorney can relieve them from potentially stressful and frustrating activities such as filling out forms, speaking at IEP meetings, or standing in a real or "virtual" line to register for classes. Parents can explain to their adult child that this power of attorney will give them the legal authority to continue to assist him or her as they always have and allow the child to pursue his or her own chosen educational opportunities and focus on education.
We look forward to the opportunity to be of further assistance to our special needs families as they their children grow into adulthood and strive to reach their own identity and independence. Please contact our office to make an appointment to add this special power of attorney to your estate planning portfolio.