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anyone’s admittance much less disclose anyone’s condition due to privacy laws. Decisions about your daughter’s immediate care are now going to be made without you in a city hundreds of miles away. What could you have done better before this event occurred? Bruce Talen, general counsel at Commerce Trust Company, gives you some practical steps in avoiding the scenario above.

Q. WHAT STEPS COULD PARENTS AND STUDENTS TAKE TO AVOID A MEDICAL EMERGENCY LIKE THIS?

A. A big percentage of parents and students miss the opportunity to establish a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care and Health Care Directive. Most people don’t automatically think of the concept as applicable for younger people as they might for themselves or for an older adult. People tend to overlook its benefits for a college student, even though the student has turned 18 and is now an adult.

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