What Your College Freshman Needs

Published On: Tuesday, October 03, 2017

MP900439346Before sending your recent high school graduate off to college, there are a few things that you need to make sure that they have that go beyond spending money and a new wardrobe.

Your child might have graduated as the valedictorian of his or her high school class and might be going off to a well-regarded university in the fall, but you still know that your child has a lot of things that he or she needs to learn before he or she will be successful in life.

As a parent who wants what is best for your child, there are a few things you can do before your child goes off to college.

This was the topic of a recent post by the Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog in "Five Essentials for College Freshman."

Things that you can do include:

  • Get your child a health care power of attorney. If your child has a medical emergency, you will want to make sure you or someone else has the legal authority to make important health care decisions.
  • Get your child a general durable power of attorney. This will make it so you or someone else can handle your child's finances in an emergency.
  • Get your child a will. While hopefully not necessary, should the worst happen it would be good for your child to have a will. If nothing else, getting a will should help your child understand why having a will is important.
  • Make sure that your child knows about cyber security and how to protect their identity. The Internet is still a dangerous place in many ways. Future employers also know all about social media.
  • Have your child get a credit card. It is possible your child might abuse it, but establishing credit early is important enough to take that risk.

Reference: Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog (July 12, 2017) "Five Essentials for College Freshman."

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Britt Stouffer, Estate and Elder Law Attorney in Maryland

Towson, MD



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