I recently worked on some estate planning with a couple that had a two year old daughter. Towards the end of the final meeting when we all gathered together to sign the documents we had prepared, they posed a question to me. We are going out of town for four days for a friend’s wedding. Our daughter is staying with one of our parents and she has a doctor’s appointment one of those days. Do we need to do anything for that?
Yes, you need a Medical Consent Authorization.
I now include this document in every estate plan where the client(s) have minor children.
The Pennsylvania Medical Consent Act generally allows a parent (or legal guardian) to make a Medical Consent to give a relative or family friend the power to consent to medical, surgical, dental, developmental, mental health, or other treatment for the child in the parent or guardian’s absence. There are specific state requirements that must be met in order for a Medical Consent to be valid.
This form, when properly prepared and executed will be honored by all physicians, nurses, school nurses, mental health professionals, dentists, other health care professionals, hospitals, medical facilities, mental health facilities, and insurance providers.
These documents can remain in effect until otherwise revoked in writing, or they can be limited to a certain period of time.
So, if a relative or family friend watches your kids while you’re at work, out of town, or otherwise unavailable, get a Medical Consent prepared.
Please feel free to Contact Me to discuss whether a Medical Consent is something that might help you.