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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Meet our Newest Attorney, Jeffrey Baxter!

Jeffrey Baxter is the newest attorney to our Highpoint Law Team. Like the firm’s founding attorney, Peter J. Gilbert, the law is Jeff’s second career.  Prior to becoming an attorney, Jeff served in the U.S. Navy and was stationed at the Naval Air Development Center (NADC) in Warminster.  He also served in the Naval Reserves at NAS Willow Grove.

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Monday, December 19, 2016

Mom and Dad Are Failing—What Do I Do Now?


by Peter J. Gilbert, Esq.

It starts when you’re home for the holidays. Mom and Dad are happy to see you and the family, but you sense something’s not right. Dad has lost a lot of weight; you find “snowdrifts” of unopened mail piled up on the kitchen table.


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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Is your Estate Plan up to Date with Technology?

One of the biggest complications in estate planning is that the law is forever catching up to technology. Obviously, for privacy concerns, access to the content of communications such as emails, text messages and social media accounts must be specifically given to an Executor or Power of Attorney Agent. These specific instructions should be placed in your will, trust, power of attorney or similar document. Does your Power of Attorney or Will or Trust mention access to digital access or on-line accounts?

There may come a time when someone needs lawful access to your online accounts and the current default (similar to laws of “intestacy,” when someone dies without an estate plan) is to follow a companies’ terms of services agreements. Some companies like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter have developed policies to deal with the accounts of deceased users, but many are still unaware of these policies.


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Thursday, August 7, 2014

COLLEGE PARENT PREPAREDNESS KIT: HEALTHCARE POWER OF ATTORNEYS

August is here. That means the summer is winding down, fall is in the air, and children all over the country are starting to head off to college. They have packed up all the things they will need when they are away at school. As parents, you’ve doubled checked to make sure they haven’t forgotten anything important. But are you forgetting something? Probably.

 

When we send our kids off to college we worry that they will be happy; we worry that they will healthy; we worry that they are safe; we worry. We are not their landlords any longer, but we will always be their parents. We believe that if our child gets hurt when they are away at school, we will automatically be contacted by the school or the hospital or the doctor. We are wrong.

 

Almost 20 million students were enrolled in college in 2009 and 99% of them were age 18 or older*. Legally, that 99% of college students are adults and their parents are now no longer able to make medical decisions or have access to the health information for them. Your son or daughter is only 18, they’re still a child in your mind; you are their parent and you want to be informed if they are sick or hurt. You can.

 

There are two documents that every student should have prior to going off to college: a Health Care Power of Attorney (HCPOA) and a HIPAA release. When your child is unable to make medical decisions on their own, due to incapacitation, the HCPOA provides you with the ability to make those decisions in their place. The HIPAA release allows the hospital or doctor’s office to legally discuss your child’s private medical information with you so that you can have the knowledge to make the right choice for their care. We all want our children to go to school and have happy, healthy, and safe experiences; the Health Care Power of Attorney and the HIPAA Release are two legal documents that provide you with the peace of mind that you can be there for your children when they may need you most.

 

* Statistics provided by the US Census Bureau data for 2012


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