Estate planning is not just about planning for the distribution of your assets after you die a natural death as an old person. Your minor children need protection NOW.
If something sad and unexpected suddenly took you and your mate out of the picture, your minor children would be at the mercy of a system that was not well designed to protect their sensibilities or needs. The police may be required to turn the children over to CPS. A long, expensive and emotional fight over custody could follow. And the children may end up with people you would not have chosen for them. So you must provide for their guardianship now.
Identifying and naming a legal guardian for your children in your estate plan is a difficult and important task. But don’t put it off. While thinking about what will happen to your child if you die is difficult, your kids deserve the protection, and you deserve the peace of mind that a legal guardian can provide.
Providing for the care of your children in a will does not remove the risk. A will does not provide for your being incapacitated. It does not address emergencies when your named guardians all live far from your home. Nor does it provide protection against anyone who may challenge your decisions.
The only way to ensure your kids are raised by the people you want, in the way you want, and never taken into the care of strangers (even temporarily is by creating a comprehensive Kids Protection Plan®, which only a select few lawyers, like me, are trained to prepare.
If you are ready to take that step, start by sitting down with us. As your Personal Family Lawyer®, I can walk you step by step through creating a comprehensive Kids Protection Plan® that not only names a legal guardian for your child but also ensures your kids’ care is fully provided for, in the short-term and the long-term, and in the event of your incapacity.
I don’t just draft documents, I ensure you make informed and empowered decisions about life and death, for yourself and the people you love. You can begin by calling my office today to schedule a Family Wealth Planning Session and mention this article to find out how to get this $750 session at no charge.