To someone who doesn't know your family, Sometimes the obvious choice for Guardianship would be your last choice. Don't leave this choice to a judge.

By: Stuart Williams | Estate Planning Lawyer

If you were no longer around to care for your minor children, what would happen?

They would wait at home with a sitter or they would wait at school to be picked up, until eventually emergency contacts, and then eventually the authorities, would take custody of your children.

Without properly appointed guardianship, your children would end up in child protective services or temporary foster care while your extended family and other candidates for permanent placement were tracked down. If you've moved to the Lansing area and have no planning in place, it could take weeks or even months for relatives to be located and make their way here.

Meanwhile, your children could be in the care of strangers they don't even know - making an already traumatic situation worse.

At Family WIlls & Trusts, we understand that many families have moved here for work or school and do not have the luxury of living near the people they'd prefer to raise their children.

This is why we offer Minor Protection Planning to our clients with young children. Minor Protection Plans ensure that your children will always be cared for by people they know and that you trust to care for them with a parenting style you approve of.

In conjunction with your Minor Protection Planning that would ensure your children are always well cared for by people you've chosen (instead of a judge who doesn't even know your family), a plan to protect and maximize what your children inherit can be used to provide for them in ways that only you would ... ensuring that the nicer things that only a parent would provide, are not absent from your kids' lives as they grow toward the bright future you've envisioned!

At Family Wills and Trusts, we do more than just estate planning, we help PARENTS create personalized legal plans to take care of the people they care about in the best ways possible.

Request more information below or schedule a Personal Planning Session to see how you can benefit from working with us.