The fall is upon us: is your new or soon-to-be adult (child) going off to college?  Besides taking with him or her the extra long sheets and a new credit card, should your child be leaving you with something too: the right to control his or her finances and medical decisions?

When a child reaches

With school in full swing and parents of college-age children becoming empty-nesters again, one important estate planning question comes to mind: can you as a parent get medical information about your college-age child in the event of an emergency? This concern is especially relevant this year as concerns about swine flu (H1N1 virus) are widespread.