Legal documents for 18+

The College Scoops Podcast

Episode 36: Legal documents Every College Student Should Complete Before They Leave for Campus with Guest Nara Herbowy-Callanan

October 8, 2020

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Navigating legal documents can be a daunting task, especially for parents and their young adult children. Attorney Nara Herbowy-Callanan will join us today to break down important legal documents, including the advance medical directive (living will), the HIPAA release, and the durable power of attorney. Nara helps us to understand the different ways in which parents can remain involved in their child’s medical life, while also taking into account the privacy concerns of young adults. 

Key Takeaways:

  • Navigating legal documents for your 18-year-olds
  • “The Sandwich Generation” 
  • Benefits of an advance medical directive with a HIPAA release 
  • “At 18…there is this gap that exists between being protected and not protected for child and parent”
  • Breakdown of important health documents: advance medical directive (living will), HIPAA release, durable power of attorney
  • When to update your documents 
  • Docubank and In Case of Emergency cards 
  • Medical privacy concerns for young adults 
  • FERPA and on-campus health
  • Privacy issues and alternatives to waiving FERPA
  • Power of attorney and study abroad 
  • Legal life planning for young adults 
  • Parenting workshop—legally protecting your 18+ child
  • Review entry-level job descriptions to determine if you are on track

Important Resources and Links:

Website:  The Legacy Designer

Instagram: @thelegacydesigner

Facebook: @thelegacydesigner 


Meet Nara Herbowy-Callanan

Attorney Nara Herbowy-Callanan’s estate planning and elder law planning practice focuses on helping families enhance their lives today and secure their futures tomorrow. She excels in guiding her clients through the often confusing maze of financial and legal decisions to create plans that ensure the well-being of their families and the accomplishments of cherished family goals. Her legal expertise includes family protection, wealth preservation, values-based planning, Elder Law Planning, as well as planning strategies for small business owners.

Nara attended Albany Law School, where she was a member and editor of the Albany Law Review, and participated in coveted clerkships including her work at the NYS Division of Human Rights.

Nara enjoys educating her community and working with families and business owners. Nara is married to her wonderful husband, Bill, and mother of three boys.

We hope you found our show helpful and you and your student are better prepared and equipped with legal and health documents in order before stepping foot on campus. Now more than ever, we need to make sure our young adults are protected and we as parents have what we need to support our son or daughters in the event of a medical emergency.

Episode 36 Full Transcript

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