In the event of a sudden illness or emergency of a parent with minor children, instructions should be readily available to allow those you designate to immediately locate and care for all minor children, to call everyone on an emergency contact list, etc.
It’s important that those giving care to ill or disabled children be able to take a break on a regular basis and these instructions allow them to turn over care to others for a period of time. These instructions are also great for use for babysitters for your children.
If you are the primary caregiver of a disabled or chronically ill child or are a single parent, it is essential that you maintain detailed care instructions for each child in case you are suddenly unable to care for your child or children for some period of time.
Permission to Obtain Medical Records of a Child There may be times when you want doctors, hospitals, medical personnel, etc. to share information with one or more individuals who aren’t responsible for your child’s medical care. This written authorization is needed for friends, family members, or others to pick up test results for your child, pick up prescriptions or discuss the prescriptions with the pharmacist, get a medical update should your child be in the hospital, etc.
If you want to be able to have access to your adult child's educational records including grades, class schedules, housing, etc. (especially if you are paying for any part of their expenses) you must have their written permission.
Important Pet Information It’s especially important if you are the sole “pet parent” to maintain updated information about each of your pets in the event of your sudden death or sudden accident or illness which keeps you from sharing this information with whomever you’ve chosen to care for them when you can’t. This information includes not only diet, medical, and other basic information about your pet(s) but also any behavior or other considerations that may be unique to your pet(s) and affects their wellbeing.
Designation for Long Term Care of Pet(s) The same person that you may want to care for your pet(s) during a short terms emergency or crisis may not be the same person that you would want to care for them for a longer period of time – or who is willing to care for them for a longer period of time. The same person that you may want to care for your pet(s) during a short terms emergency or crisis may not be the same person that you would want to care for them for a longer period of time – or who is willing to care for them for a longer period of time
Ownership of Pet(s) Upon Death This is a MUST for all pet owners. Sudden death of a pet owner all too often results in a beloved pet ending up in an animal shelter or even being put to death. Decide who you want to care for your pet(s) after your death, talk to them, get their agreement, fill out this form and then give them a copy.
Although none of the above tools are legal documents, it’s possible that someone may ask you to include a notary with one of the completed forms for their records. Just print out the notary form, attach it to the completed but unsigned Living Smart form and take to a notary for you both to sign.