Estate planning can benefit young Harrisburg adults, too

Once a person turns 18 years old and graduates from high school, they might feel highly independent. However, many young adults still seek the guidance of their parents and other loved ones as they venture out into the real world. Whether they are transitioning right from high school into a job, or going on to further their education, they need to understand that their parents have no legal right to access information about them.

While this privacy might sound good to most young people, they need to think about what would happen in an emergency situation. Forming a living will and other estate planning documents can ensure a Harrisburg parent will have access to medical records and can handle a young person's finances if they become incapacitated.

Without these crucial documents a person's family might not be able to make health care decisions for them or access their medical records. Their bills might also go unpaid, and a parent would have to go through special court procedures to gain access to information. This can be a frustrating process during an already stressful situation.

Some young people might worry about prying parents, who want to check up on them unnecessarily. These documents can be worded to become effective only during certain situations. Speaking with an experienced estate planning attorney in Harrisburg might be a wise decision, no matter a person's age. A person can experience an unexpected medical event at any age, and it is important that they have family that can handle their affairs while they are unable to.


NBC News, "Even young adults should start estate planning," Sheyna Steiner, May 6, 2013


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