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Power of Attorney: The Importance of Being Prepared         

By Lauren J. Wolven

A few years ago, my partner received a scary phone call from her child’s college roommate. Her child had collapsed in the dorm bathroom while getting ready for class and was in the hospital. Terrified, my partner contacted the hospital, and she was shocked to learn they couldn’t release any information because her child was over 18 and legally an adult. The hospital required a medical power of attorney before they could tell her anything. She had to make the thousand-mile trip not knowing how her child was doing. It was one of the worst situations a parent could face.   

What if you got a call that your loved one – spouse, parent or adult child – was in the hospital?  Would you be prepared? It can be overwhelming to even think about, but guidance and help are available. 
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