After High School: Legal Next Steps

Most children entering college, or pursuing other activities, are at least 18 years old and for most purposes they are legally “adults.” This means that parents no longer have the same access to information or control over their children after age 18. Proper planning for the legal issues that arise with an 18 – 21 year old child can help bring some peace of mind.

Ohio’s New Durable Power of Attorney Law

On December 21, 2011, Governor Kasich signed Senate Bill 117 into law. The bill became effective March 21, 2012. In addition to changes in state trust and probate laws, the bill adopts the Uniform Power of Attorney Act (UPOAA) with a few additions that are specific to Ohio. As a result, financial advisors can add value to their clients by making sure their client’s POA’s are updated to reflect the changes in the law.