Whether you’re planning the vacation of your dreams or going on an annual family getaway, the legal counsel experts at ARAG recommend addressing the following before traveling.
1. Update Crucial Documents
– Creating essential legal documents, like a will or a healthcare power of attorney, is always a good idea, but updating them before you travel becomes even more important. "Make sure these documents contain the most current beneficiaries and instructions," says Ann Cosimano, ARAG General Counsel. "If you don't have a will, you may leave important decisions – such as guardians for your children – up to the court system and the laws of the state."
2. Consolidate Important Information
– It's helpful to put your personal, financial and legal information in one place before you leave town. "Tracking all critical information is incredibly useful for a trusted family member or friend to reference in case something happens to you," says Cosimano.
3. Get Your Travel Documents Together
– If you plan to travel internationally, you'll be required to have a passport or a passport card if you are traveling to certain countries or regions by sea or by land. The application process involves several steps and takes approximately 4-6 weeks to complete. Visit www.travel.state.gov for more information.
Additionally, a state-issued driver's license is considered valid proof of ID at the airport, so remember to bring it along when you fly. Before you go, remember to check the expiration date and make sure all your information on the license is current.
4. Complete Healthcare Forms for Children
– If you are a parent or guardian, it is a good idea to complete a form referred to as a Medical Treatment Authorization for Minors. This document provides information regarding your child's medical history as well as insurance information and authorizes medical personnel to treat your child in the event you are not physically present or you cannot be located or contacted.
5. Review Rental Contracts Carefully
– If you're planning to rent a car, vacation home or a boat, make sure you understand the terms and conditions involved. Some rental cars, for example, impose strict mileage restrictions for first time renters. It may be a good idea to have an attorney review the document before you sign on the dotted line.
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