Parents in the Kent area are very busy. Children are generally involved in lots of activities, playdates, school commitments, etc. that it can be hard for parents to have a minute of peace. But it is important for parents to take the time to consider adding guardianships to their estate plan.
A legal guardian is necessary in case something happens to both parents. Although parents rarely consider that they will die unexpectedly, it happens every day across the United States. Children whose parents have not named a guardian will be subject to turmoil in the court system who will try and figure out whom to place them with. When parents name a guardian ahead of time, the children will have stability during a traumatic time. Parents will have the peace of mind that their children will be taken care of by someone they trust.
A simple will can include guardianship provisions for the children. It is important for parents to think carefully about who they want as a guardian and alternates. A person who the children know and feel comfortable with would be the best option. A legal professional skilled in estate planning can help a family draft a simple will with a guardianship provision. An attorney has the experience necessary to know what is needed to be listed in the documents and can help a family achieve peace of mind in the event of an unexpected tragedy.
No one wants to think about what would happen to their children if they suffered from an untimely death. But it is important for parents to make sure they have the necessary documents in place in case the unimaginable happens.
Source: thespectrum.com, "Select a guardian for your children," Scott Halvorsen, Sept. 13, 2015