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Powers of Attorney and Advance Directives for children over 18

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Your child is eagerly awaiting high school graduation and the summer before entering college. You have your college shopping checklist full and ready to go. Or do you? As your 18 year old heads off on a life adventure, you should talk to him or her about signing a Power of Attorney and an Advance Directive.

Once your child reaches the age of majority, your parental rights are terminated and you may not be able to make health care or financial decisions on your child’s behalf. This could become problematic if your child is unable to act on his or her own behalf or, like most young people, too busy to act. In addition, it can lead to more tragic consequences in the unlikely event that your child is involved in an accident or becomes disabled. To avoid these issues, your child can execute a Power of Attorney and an Advance Directive appointing you as his or her Agent.

A Power of Attorney is a document through which an individual, called the “Principal”, grants broad authority to another individual, called the “Agent”, to transact all business on behalf of the Principal. In the event that your child executes a Power of Attorney appointing you as his or her Agent, you would be authorized to do such things such as manage his or her bank accounts and to renew his or her driver’s license or registration. Most Powers of Attorney are effective immediately and remain effective even if the Principal becomes incapacitated.

An Advance Directive is a document that serves two purposes. First, in the event that he or she became terminally ill and was unable to communicate it expresses the Principal’s wishes with regard to the implementation of life-sustaining medical procedures. Second, it is document through which the Principal authorizes an Agent to make medical decisions on the Principal’s behalf. In the event that your child executes an Advance Directive appointing you as his or her Agent, you would have access to your child’s medical records and be able to make medical decisions on his or her behalf.

So before your child enters college, start them on the path of planning for the future. For more information about how we can help don’t hesitate to call our offices at: 410-828-7775.

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Sims & Campbell Estates and Trusts

Frankel Sims Law and Holden & Campbell
Merge to Form Sims & Campbell

Firm will offer comprehensive Trusts & Estates services through offices in Towson and Annapolis

TOWSON, Md. (April 26,2019)  Frankel Sims Law and Holden & Campbell have jointly announced the merger of their firms to create a boutique Trusts & Estates law firm providing comprehensive services in the fields of Estate Planning, Estate Administration, Trust Administration and Charitable Giving. The combined firm will be named Sims & Campbell and have offices in Towson, Md. and Annapolis, Md.  Jane Frankel Sims and Frank Campbell will lead and hold equal ownership stakes in the firm.

Sims & Campbell will have 9 attorneys and 15 legal professionals that handle every facet of estate and wealth transfer planning, including wills, revocable living trusts, irrevocable trusts, estate and gift tax advice, and charitable giving strategies.  The firm will focus solely on Trusts & Estates but will serve a wide range of clients, from young families with modest resources to ultra-high net worth individuals.  This allows clients to remain with the firm as their level of wealth and the complexity of related estate and tax implications change over time. 

“By joining forces, we have expanded our footprint to conveniently serve clients in Maryland, D.C. and Virginia” said Jane Frankel Sims.  We are seeing some of the greatest wealth transfer in our country’s history, and we want to continue to be on the leading edge of helping our clients maintain and enhance their family’s wealth.  In addition, we aim to serve our clients for years to come, and the new firm structure will allow Sims & Campbell to thrive even after Frank and I have retired.”    

“Jane and I have always admired each other’s firms and recognized the need to provide even greater depth and breadth of focused expertise to help families amass and protect their wealth from generation to generation,” said Frank Campbell.  “Now we have even greater capabilities to make a real difference for our clients.” 

The Sims & Campbell Towson office is located at 500 York Road, on the corner of York Road and Pennsylvania Avenue in the heart of Towson.  The Annapolis office is currently located at 716 Melvin Avenue, and is moving to 181 Truman Parkway in August, 2019.  For more information, visit www.simscampbell.law.