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Why Your College Students Need An Advance Health Care Directive

A real-life story as told by Juli M. Findling, Senior Paralegal

A few years back, one of my daughters (I’ll call her Claudia for the sake of continued good familial relations) went off to college at UGA.  Off-campus, Athens is known for its lively downtown life, and Claudia, in need of extra spending money, and having a bad case of FOMO (“fear of missing out”), took a job as a bartender at one of the local hot-spots on Clayton Street.

One night after closing, she and her co-workers, tasked with rigorously cleaning the restaurant and bar, loaded up a large bin with liquor bottles to store in the basement.  The manager had strongly warned the staff against carrying heavy loads down the stairs to the basement, but after a long shift, by 2:30 in the morning, Claudia wanted to get home ASAP.  She decided to make the liquor-stashing run.

Now, this building is old, and the stairs are badly worn. Near the very top, the heel of her boot slipped off the step, and she toppled down the entire staircase – bucket, bottles, and body!