Having Just A Will Does Not Ensure the Care of Your Children If the Unthinkable Happens!
Your children are counting on you, so your estate plan must begin with ensuring your children will always be taken care of by the people you want, in the way you want, no matter what happens.
At the Law Offices of Shane Smith, PC, one of our areas of greatest expertise is in planning for the well-being and care of the children you love.
Without advance legal planning for the care of your children, if the unthinkable happens to you, here’s what could happen:
- Your children could be placed into the care of Child Protective Services. (Yes, even if you have a Will in place and even if you have a living trust; and yes, it would likely only be temporary, but you never want your children in the arms of strangers. Not even for a minute);
- Your children could be put into the custody and care of someone you would never want, like that one family member who has good intentions, but you’d never want raising your kids;
- 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;
- Your family could get into a long, drawn-out custody battle, or there could be a challenge to the guardians you have designated;
- A portion of the value of your assets could be lost to court costs and other unnecessary fees through the probate process - a court process that can tie up your assets for years and deprive your kids of the resources they need to live comfortably.
This can be avoided completely with advance legal planning. The vast majority of estate planning attorneys do not address these issues, and do not plan from a parents perspective.
Yes, these things scare us too. That’s why we offer a customized Child Emergency Response Plan to families with young children. This plan can ease the burden on your loved ones and help reduce the pain, fear, & stress they feel if you were incapacitated or passed away.
Call us today to learn the 10 Critical Elements of your Child Emergency Response Plan and to find out how the Law Offices of Shane Smith, PC can help protect your children and loved ones. 770-487-8999.