What would happen to your children if you didn't come home? 69% of parents have not yet named guardians for their kids. Of those parents who have named guardians, most have made some common mistakes. 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 plan for protecting your children with every estate plan created for families with young children.
This 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 efforts now will make sure your children are never taken into the custody of the state, strangers or the care of anyone you wouldn’t want because the authorities don't have clear instructions from you. And you can 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.