As a parent, you have probably thought about the importance of naming permanent legal guardians for your child in case something happens to you, and maybe you have already done it. If you haven’t yet, take this as the sign that now’s the time to do it, in case the unthinkable happens to you.
But in some cases, naming permanent legal guardians for your child may not be enough to guarantee your kids will always be cared for in the way you want by the people you want. And, there may even be a risk of your kids being taken into the care of strangers or someone you would never want.
Read on to find out if that’s the case for your family, and if it is, contact us ASAP to get your Kids Protection Plan in place.
You Leave Your Kids With Non-Related Caregivers
If you ever leave your minor kids with a caregiver who isn’t a grandparent, aunt, or other family member that the authorities would naturally leave your kids with if something happens to you, this is what could happen.
Your kids are home with the babysitter. You don’t make it home, and the authorities are called. The authorities show up at your house, and what would they do?
Would they leave your children at home with the person taking care of them while they attempt to find your Will or legal guardian nomination? Would they even be able to find your legal documents? Would your legal documents name someone who would be immediately available to come to stay with your children, and would the authorities leave your children with those people without a court order?
If not, you need a Kids Protection Plan® to fill in the gap.
Permanent guardian nominations only take effect upon your passing and are made official through the court system. This means that they do not give any legal authority to your chosen guardians in an emergency or if you become incapacitated.
Because of this, law enforcement could place your child into protective custody with social services in the event of your sudden absence or incapacity due to an illness or injury. To minimize the chances that would happen, we can name legal guardians for the short-term, and give those named guardians the legal documentation they would need and instructions on what to do immediately if something happens to you.
In addition, we will give you the tools to ensure that anyone staying with your children while you aren’t there knows exactly what to do if something happens to you.
You Have Someone In Your Life You Would NEVER Want Raising Your Kids
While this may not apply to you, if it does, you absolutely need a Kids Protection Plan®. If you have anyone in your life you would never want raising your kids if you aren’t able to due to illness or injury, we can ensure that person is confidentially excluded from your plan using a Kids Protection Plan®. And, we can structure it so that this confidential document is only brought forward if necessary to keep your children out of the care of the person you would never want to raise them.
You Have Unique Desires For Your Kids’ Education, Health Care or Financial Well-Being
You’ve probably given a lot of thought to how you want to educate your children, the kinds of healthcare decisions you make for them, and the values you want to instill in them, including from a financial perspective. If that’s the case, then you absolutely want to ensure that anyone raising your children, if you can’t, will know how you would have wanted these types of decisions to be made.
Otherwise, if you don’t take the time to leave instructions to the people who could raise your children, they will not know how you would make decisions if you cannot be there to communicate your hopes, dreams, wishes, and desires.
While there are overwhelming odds that you will NOT become incapacitated or die while your children are minors (phew), taking the time to write down your unique desires for their well-being and care is an illuminating process in and of itself that will make you a better parent right now.
We hear it again and again from our clients that when they create their Kids Protection Plan® with us, they immediately feel a great sense of relief. They have more clarity about what’s really important to them, what they want to emphasize, who they want their children to develop relationships with, and where they can better focus their own time, energy, and attention.
If you aren’t sure where to start when creating these instructions, don’t worry. We will support you with the whole process when we create your Kids Protection Plan.
Comprehensive Protection for The Ones You Love Most
Nominating permanent legal guardians in your Will is an essential piece of your estate plan; but in reality, it often isn’t enough to ensure your child remains in the care of people you choose, know, love, and trust if something happens to you. If your children are ever left with a relative, or if there is anyone in your life you wouldn’t want raising your kids, or if you have unique high-value wishes for the way your children are raised when it comes to their education, health, or financial well-being, you need a full-fledged Kids Protection Plan®.
This article is a service of Davidek Law Firm, PLLC. We don’t just draft documents; we ensure that families and business owners make informed and empowered decisions about life and death, for themselves and the people they love.