There are a number of legal and logistical issues that you may want to consider as you prepare for your BMT treatment.
- If you do not share a joint checking account with someone, you may want to designate someone to handle your financial affairs temporarily.
- You may want to know your rights under the "Americans with Disabilities Act." Certain aspects of the law can help protect you against discrimination upon your return to work.
- Perhaps your minor children will be separated from both parents at certain times during your treatment. If so, you need to give permission for another adult to take them for medical care (emergency or routine) in your absence. Generally, a signed statement will suffice, but you should check this out with your children’s pediatrician.
- Perhaps you are interested in estate planning. This includes how a trust might work for you, planning for guardianship of your children if you are a single parent, completing advance health care directives or designating power of attorney. Depending on how complicated your financial or legal affairs, you may want to consult a lawyer who is versed in financial/family law. Many employers have employee assistance programs that include access to legal advice. You can also contact your local bar association for referrals to someone practicing in this area of law.