Protect What Matters Most with Advance Directives

Help Your Child Prepare for What’s Next 

Once your child turns 18, you are no longer considered their legal guardian. This means that as they encounter challenges in the world, your ability to support them medically and financially is limited.

For example, without legal documents, you can no longer access their medical records or make decisions on their behalf in case of an emergency. This can result in delays in receiving necessary medical care and could lead to decisions that are contrary to your child’s wishes or best interests.

With Applegate & Dillman’s Young Adult Advance Directives package, you can ensure your child is fully supported no matter the circumstance.

It’s easy, affordable, and gives you peace of mind as your child embarks on their next adventure.


Three Legal Documents Every Young Adult Needs

Our Young Adult Advance Directives package includes three essential documents that give you the authority and information you need to protect your adult child’s health and financial well-being, all at a fraction of the cost of a full legal service.


Power of Attorney

A power of attorney is a legal document that allows a person (the "principal") to give another person (the "agent" or "attorney-in-fact") the authority to act on their behalf in certain situations. This can include managing finances, signing legal documents, or making medical decisions. Having a power of attorney in place can be helpful in case the principal becomes incapacitated or is unable to make decisions for themselves.


Healthcare Representative

A healthcare representative, also known as a healthcare proxy or medical power of attorney, is a document that allows a person to designate someone else to make medical decisions on their behalf if they become incapacitated or are unable to make decisions for themselves. This can include decisions about medical treatments, surgeries, and end-of-life care.


HIPAA Authorization

HIPAA stands for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, a federal law protecting the privacy and security of individuals' health information. A HIPAA authorization is a document that allows a person to give permission for their healthcare providers to share their medical information with others, such as family members or caregivers. This can be helpful if the person becomes incapacitated or cannot communicate their wishes regarding sharing their medical information.

In addition to the documents above, we've added a FERPA Waiver for those attending college. A FERPA Waiver gives you the right to access and review your child's education records maintained by their school.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need these documents notarized?

Yes. In the state of Indiana, your powers of attorney should be notarized to ensure their authenticity and validity.

Do I need a healthcare directive if I’m young and healthy?

Yes, accidents and unexpected illnesses can happen even if you are young and healthy. A healthcare directive can ensure that your wishes for medical treatment and end-of-life care are respected if you become incapacitated and cannot make these decisions yourself.

Can I change my healthcare directive or power of attorney whenever I want?

Yes, you can change or update these documents at any time. Reviewing these documents periodically is important to ensure they reflect your current wishes and circumstances.

Does the power of attorney work across state lines?

The power of attorney templates we created do not reference Indiana specific code, and should work across state lines.

I am the parent and do not have these legal documents for myself. Can I use these templates, too?

We have created these documents specifically for individuals who do not have children or a sizeable estate. Once a person marries, has children and/or begins to accumulate assets, we recommend they consult with an attorney who can provide guidance on what documents are most appropriate for your individual needs and circumstances.