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A Guardianship Provision in a Will is Not Sufficient Protection

What would happen to your children if you didn't come home? 69% of parents have not yet named guardians for their kids. Without proper planning, if the unthinkable happens to you, here’s what could happen:

  • If you don't have clear instructions or family nearby, your children could potentially be placed into Department of Children Protection and Permanency even if you have a will or a living trust in place.
  • A judge who doesn’t know you, or your family, will decide who will raise your kids, even if it’s the last person you would ever want.
  • Approximately 3-5% of the total value of your assets could be lost due to probate, a court process that can tie up your assets for months or years and deprive your kids of the resources they need to live comfortably.
  • When your kids turn 18, they get a check for whatever assets are left.
  • There are unscrupulous people who make it their business to review public records to find out who is coming into money.

Of those parents who have named guardians, most have made some common mistakes.   To get a copy of my free report, 7 Must-Dos When Naming Guardians for Your Children, go to the bottom of this page.

Even if you have long-term guardian issues resolved, have you thought about designating a standby guardian in the event you were in a car accident or other medical emergency and didn't come home or otherwise were incapacitated for a short time?  Do your babysitters have access to standby or temporary guardianship documents that could be presented to the authorities to appoint a relative or neighbor or good friend for short-term care for your children while you are incapacitated?  Do you have a  medical power of attorney and financial authorizations in effect for caregivers to make emergent medical or financial decisions for your children?  Does anyone have access to your assets in the event the need arises?

If you are a family with young children, then your estate plan should begin with a foundation that ensures your children would always be taken care of no matter what happens.  The vast majority of estate planning attorneys do not address these issues, and do not plan from a parent's perspective. We have developed our practice to ensure these things don’t happen!  That’s why we offer a Kids Protection Plan with every estate plan created for families with young children.

A Kids Protection Plan® is a set of instructions, legal documents and even an ID card for your wallet, which you need to have if you have kids at home who count on you for their well-being and care.

If you are in an accident, your Kids Protection Plan® will make sure your children are never taken into the custody of DCPP, strangers or the care of anyone you wouldn’t want because the authorities don't have clear instructions from you.  And your Kids Protection Plan® will ensure your children are raised by people you choose, not someone chosen by a judge who doesn’t know you. Let us help you have solid plans in place to protect your children and provide you peace of mind. 

My daughters - Christmas 2013.

My daughters - Christmas 2013.

If you want to ensure that your children are always with whom you want and when you want, contact us today!

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