For many young adults, turning 18 marks a transition into adulthood. It is an exciting time for them, but for their parents, it can be a time of fear. Here are some of the legal changes associated with turning 18.
First, the legal age of consent has been reduced in some states. While a teenager still cannot legally purchase alcohol, they can consume it under certain circumstances. A special driving license is also available.
The biggest change, of course, is that your parental rights will diminish. You will no longer have access to your child’s medical records or education. Rather, these matters will be handled through the Juvenile Court system.
While your parental rights will be diminished, you may still need to think about your child’s needs. In particular, you might want to name a caretaker.
A Durable Power of Attorney is one way to give your child the power to make medical decisions for you. This will not only help you in the event of an accident, but can also be used for other purposes.
An Advanced Medical Directive is another way to make sure that your wishes are known. Having a will will also protect your assets should you die.
Turning 18 is a big legal milestone. Not only does it mark your first real step into adulthood, it is the starting point for a life that is more independent. Whether you are looking to buy a home, sign up for college, or get a loan, it’s important to have the right information and the right resources.