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As we welcome the New Year, filled with hope and resolutions for a brighter future, if you have minor children or grandchildren, put this commitment at the top of your list– a Kids Protection Plan®. 

Even if you have already named legal guardians for your children (or your siblings have done it for their kids, or your kids have done it for your grandchildren), most people … even lawyers! … make 1 of 6 common mistakes when naming legal guardians. And, if you (or your siblings or your children) haven’t named legal guardians for minors you care about, make it your New Year’s resolution is to take care of the littles in your life before the end of this month.

It can be hard to think about a future where you couldn’t be there for the people you care about the most, but having a plan in place will ensure the little ones you love stay in the care of the people they know and trust in the event you become incapacitated or die. If you do not take action, the decisions about their care could be left up to chance, or to whichever judge is overseeing the family court at the time something happens.

This is not just some task to add to your to-do list; it’s a warm embrace of security for the littles you love. So, why is this the ultimate resolution for you in 2024? Keep reading to find out.

A Kids Protection Plan Lets You Pick Who Cares for Your Kids – Not a Judge

Is there someone in your life whom you unequivocally would never want raising your kids? Even if you’ve already named Permanent Legal Guardians for them, it’s still up to a judge to make the official determination of who should raise your children long-term. If this person is an immediate family member, the judge may choose them as your kids’ Permanent legal guardian if they come forward as a candidate, despite what your permanent guardian nomination paperwork says. Crazy, I know! But it’s how the system works.

A comprehensive Kids Protection Plan confidentially excludes anyone you would never want raising your kids and we’ve figured out how to create it in a way that makes it highly unlikely that anyone you would never want to take custody or care of your kids would even try. With this confidential document, you can ensure your children are always kept out of the care of anyone you would never want to make decisions for them.

 

You Have Unique Desires for Your Kids’ Education, Healthcare, and Financial Well-Being

You spend an inordinate amount of time planning your kids’ activities, their care, and their birthday parties. You almost certainly have distinct desires regarding their education, healthcare, and financial well-being. A Kids Protection Plan allows you to articulate these wishes in a way that provides your kids’ Legal Guardians with guidance and your children with the comfort of their routine.

Plus, providing clear instructions to potential guardians ensures your children’s upbringing aligns with your values and aspirations. This process not only secures their future but also provides you with clarity about your parenting priorities.

 

Comprehensive Protection for the Ones You Love Most

While nominating permanent legal guardians is fundamental, it might not suffice in every situation. A full-fledged Kids Protection Plan offers a holistic approach, addressing the potential pitfalls of leaving your kids with caregivers, excluding unwanted individuals from guardianship, and outlining your unique desires for their well-being. This comprehensive plan ensures that your children remain in the care of trusted individuals who understand and respect your values.

And, unlike other resolutions that may be hard to stick to, we’re here to guide and support you through every step to ensure your Kids Protection Plan offers the best protection for the people you love – both now and for years to come.

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.