Legal Tips Before Traveling Abroad

St. Andrews

My sister-in-law and her husband are traveling out of the country this week and I was reminded of the importance to have a few things in order before traveling abroad. Here are a few tips to make your travels less stressful:

1. Make Sure You Have A Will

If you have a will, make sure it is up to date and that it accurately reflects your wishes. Make sure that you leave a copy of your Will with a family member or friend.

If you don’t have a Will, contact our office and we can assist you in getting all the necessary document s completed before you travel.

2. Complete a Healthcare Power of Attorney For Your Children

If you are traveling without your children, a healthcare power of attorney is a document that allows the temporary guardian of your children to make medical decisions for them while you are traveling. This document can be helpful if there is a medical emergency while you are away.

3. Check Your Overseas Medical Insurance Coverage

Contact your health insurer to determine if your policy applies overseas. If not, it might be wise to consider supplemental insurance.

4. Leave a Copy of Your Itinerary With Family or Friends

In case of an emergency, your family of friends will know exactly how to find and contact you.

5. Familiarize Yourself With Local Laws and Customs

You will be subject to the laws of the country that you are visiting, so be sure to do a little research before your travel. Travel agencies, embassies and tourist bureaus are valuable resources. Also, keep an eye on the news to check for any recent developments in the country you are traveling to.

Be sure to have fun on your trip and if you need any assistance before you go, call Paul at 615-256-4747 or contact him online to schedule a free consultation. The Paul D. Jeter Law Firm is located in the Historic Washington Square Building in Downtown Nashville and Paul has represented clients from all over Tennessee, including: Nashville, Franklin, Memphis, Gallatin, Hendersonville, Lebanon, Columbia, Murfreesboro, Brentwood and Dickson.