Back-To-School Legal Documents

Back to school!

If you have a child who is headed back to college, you know that they’re loaded up with dorm supplies, expensive textbooks, and new college gear to get them through an exciting new year. But as a Rhode Island newspaper pointed out, there are a other things that your student should bring  with them — legal documents! Hopefully, your child will make it through their college years without any accidents, injuries, or serious medical issues. If something occurs unexpectedly, preparation is very helpful.

Recommended legal documents:

  • Power of Attorney. This gives a parent the authority to sign documents on their child’s behalf, and to access their child’s financial accounts
  • Living will. This allows parents to make medical decisions for their child when they are unable to do so, like if they are in a coma after a car accident. It can also address other medical topics, like organ donation.
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability (HIPAA) form. If you need a medical care provider to share information about your child, you need to have this form. Without it, health care providers legally cannot share a patient’s information, even with a close family member.

In the event that your child does have valuable possessions, or is the beneficiary of a trust, a will is also a good idea. This ensures their possessions are taken care of.

Remind college students to keep all their personal and legal documents in a safe place, such as an organized folder. Be sure to go over any documents with them before they leave for school. By having these conversations now, you are preparing for the future.


The attorneys at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes represent those involved in car accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, and other types of personal injury matters. Our firm is one of the oldest personal injury law firms in Tampa Bay. There are no attorneys’ fees or costs unless we prevail for you. Call our office 24 hours a day at 727-796-8282 or simply click here to schedule a free case consultation.

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