Attorney talks about advantages of having power of attorney over children at college

SUBMITTED PHOTO  - Attorney Michelle-Shari Kruss will present information on how parents can share in the decision making of children over the age of majority in medical emergencies.

The folks at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center want to you consider this scenario: You send your child off to college, and all is in order. You made the first tuition payment, got them settled into the dorm and trust all will go well.

Then at his/her first flag football practice your child is injured, sustaining a head injury. The doctors are very concerned that your child keeps slipping in and out of consciousness, but no one calls you.

Did you realize that no one involved is legally obligated to tell you what has happened?

Even though you are the parent you have no legal right to make financial or health care decisions unless you have a durable general power of attorney and a health care power of attorney on record.

Imagine how gut wrenching it would be if there was a medical emergency and you were unable to help your child.

Local attorney Michelle-Shari Kruss will share how parents can protect their children after they are no longer minors in a presentation taking place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 17 at the center.

The presentation is open to all parents who want to learn more about preparing for medical emergencies involving children over the age of 18.

The lunch menu this week features beef taco tostado bowl on Friday, May 4; baked ziti on Monday, May 7; and African sweet potato stew on Wednesday, May 9. Cost is a suggested donation of $4 for those 60 and over and $5 for everyone else.

The LOACC is located at 505 G Ave., Lake Oswego, 97034. A list of activities and support groups can be found on our website,, under the Calendar banner.

Click on "View the Adult Community Center Calendar" and then the activity for more details.

Call 503-635-3758 to register for classes, events, make lunch reservations or schedule a massage.

Maria Bigelow is a program supervisor at the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center.

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