Child Protection Planning


Did you know that if you do not have an appropriate plan that addresses the care of your children, the court will choose who will raise your minor children in the event something happens to you and your spouse? Scary but true! The court, without any personal knowledge about your or your family, will appoint someone to care for your children and that someone may not have the same values, morals, religious beliefs, or educational philosophy as you. Can you imagine your children being raised in a manner other than how you had hoped and dreamed?

Even worse, without a proper protocol in place, your children could end up in foster care. This could happen temporarily until an appropriate person who is willing to take your children can be reached, or this could happen permanently if no available candidates who are willing to raise your children can be found and a proper guardian cannot be appointed at all.

Such tragic scenarios can easily be avoided by proper planning today. If the most precious assets in your estate are your children, this should be incentive enough to make sure yourdesired "back-up parents" are appropriately nominated, and provided for, in an estate plan.

Life is unpredictable. You never know when someone will need to step into your shoes.

Take the first step toward protecting your children. Contact me and find out how. I am not only an estate-planning attorney, I am first and foremost a mother who understands the importance of protecting and caring for your children.