Parents of children with special needs must be concerned with ensuring that medical and financial decisions will continue to be made in the child’s best interest once the child reaches age 18 – the age of legal capacity. In most states, once a child reaches age 18, he or she is presumed to have decision-making capacity and the parents’ legal authority ends. These parents have various options, each with advantages and disadvantages depending on the situation, to establish a new legal authority to continue making important decisions for the child. We’ll discuss these options beginning with tomorrow’s blog.
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