Have You Named Guardians for Your Children?
Did you know that 69% of parents have not yet named guardians for their kids? And of the 31% who have, most have made one of 6 common mistakes?
These 6 mistakes are so common that most parents (and their lawyers!) make them when naming legal guardians so schedule a Family Wealth Planning Session with me today, so I can fix those mistakes with you.
Having a Will Alone Simply Does Not Ensure the Care of Your Kids If the Unthinkable Happens to You!
If you are a parent of minor children (or those with special needs) who are counting on you, your estate plan must begin with ensuring your children would always be taken care of by the people you want, in the way you want, no matter what happens.
One of my areas of greatest expertise is planning for the well-being and care of the children you love.
Without Proper Planning, If the Unthinkable Happens to You, Here’s What Could Happen:
Your children could be placed into Child Welfare Services even if you have a will or living trust in place while your legal documents are located or your family is identified. Or worse, your kids could be left in the care of the one person in your family you would never want to care for them;
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 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 – outright with no protection
There are unscrupulous people who make it their business to review public records to find out what 18-year-olds are coming into money;
The vast majority of estate planning attorneys simply do not address these issues and do not plan from a parent’s perspective.
Yes, these things scare us too.
That’s why we offer a Kids Protection Plan® with every estate plan we prepare for families with young children.
What is a Kids Protection Plan®?
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 Child Welfare Services, strangers, or the care of anyone you wouldn’t want because the authorities don't have clear instructions from you.
Also, your Kids Protection Plan® will ensure a Judge knows the people you want to raise your children instead of leaving it up to him or her to guess, which could result in the wrong guardians being selected.
To get started with your Kids Protection Plan®, schedule your appointment today.