As a parent, one of your top priorities is to make sure your children are taken care of in every way possible. In the unfortunate event of your passing, who will step in to take care of your children? Do you have a plan in place for their guardianship? These are questions that every parent should be asking themselves as early as possible in their child-rearing journey. As an estate planning attorney, I cannot stress enough just how important it is for every parent to have a guardianship plan for their children. In this blog, I will be sharing with you the reasons why every parent needs a guardianship plan for their children.
Avoid Court Control
If you do not have a guardianship plan in place, the court will appoint a guardian for your children in case something happens to you. The court will have full control over the decision, which may not be in favor of your wishes. By having a guardianship plan, you can choose who will take care of your children and ensure that their interests are put into account.
Choice of Guardian
When you have a guardianship plan, you can choose the guardian you want for your children. You can choose someone who shares the same values and vision for your children. Choose someone who will raise your children the way you want them to be raised.
Minimize Family Conflict
Loss of a parent will be a difficult time for the family. Lack of planning will create added stress for families. Creating a plan will decrease the stress at an incredibly sad time, and will avoid emotional disagreements and conflicts between family members and friends.
Save Time and Money
Having a guardianship plan will save time and money for your family. Going through the court process to appoint a guardian will take time and money, which can be a burden on your family. By having a guardianship plan, your family can avoid the costs and legal fees that come with the court process.
Peace of Mind
Having a guardianship plan will give you peace of mind knowing that your children are taken care of in the best possible way. You’ll know that your children are with someone you trust and have selected and that your wishes are met.
In conclusion, every parent needs a guardianship plan for their children. It is vital to have a plan in place to avoid court control, minimize family conflict, save time and money, and most importantly, give you peace of mind. If you are still unsure how to get started with your guardianship plan, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Law Office of Constance A. Aschenbrenner. You can also sign up for our workshop at https://akwillstrusts.com/events/. Let us help you create the best guardianship plan for your children.