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10 Legal Issues Parents Don't Expect

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Many parents might wonder why they would ever need legal assistance themselves, much less for their children. But the truth is, even if you raised the perfect child who never got into a bit of trouble, there’s a good chance you might someday have a legal need related to your child.

Just as is often the case for adults, legal situations regarding your children can occur when you least expect them. Here are 10 legal situations you and/or your child could face:

1. Your child doesn’t have legal documentation for medical treatment.

A legal document called Medical Treatment Authorization for Minors authorizes medical personnel to treat your child if you’re not there and cannot be contacted. It also gives your child’s school or daycare the authority to obtain emergency medical treatment. This is a good idea if you are unavailable during the day or travel frequently.

2. Your child is injured in a school sport.

If your child is involved in sports and gets a concussion or suffers heat stroke, you may need to consult an attorney if best sport safety practices related to such injuries weren’t followed.

3. Your child is being bullied.

If your child is bullied, resources to educate yourself on your rights and responsibilities may be helpful as you strive to keep your child safe and take the appropriate action to address the issue. Same goes if your child is accused of bullying.

4. Your child’s friend gets hurt.

If one of your child’s friends gets hurt while he or she is at your house, you may need legal advice regarding liability issues.

5. Your college-aged child is renting an apartment.

As your children enter college, they could experience a legal issue such as a dispute with their landlord over a lease or other rental issues. Online resources and documents can help you take the appropriate actions when a lease is signed.

6. Your child gets in a car accident.

Once your child reaches driving age, it’s possible he or she could get into an accident and need legal assistance if there’s a disagreement with your insurance company or another driver.

7. Your college-aged child is struggling with college.

If you don’t see eye to eye with your child’s college over a tuition bill or an issue related to academics, you may need legal advice.

8. Your child is at risk for identity theft.

Online safety is a big issue for children of all ages. Educating your children about Internet safety issues is important, but if your child becomes the victim of cyberbullying, Internet scams or other online crimes, an attorney can help you to take action.

9. Your child is unable to pay school loans.

If you or your student takes out student loans and then you can’t repay them, an attorney or financial resources can help you understand your repayment options.

10. Your child has a college savings account.

If you have a college savings plan in place and are unsure of how to properly allocate your savings in accordance with tax laws, you may benefit from the help of an attorney or financial counselor.

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