Most everyone with school age children is in back-to-school mode right now. While school supplies and teacher lists are important, have you thought about the really important issues lately when it comes to your kids? If the unimaginable happened, who would take care of your children?
Most parents have discussed their list of criteria for a potential guardian at least once or twice, but have you considered these:
- How close do they live to where you’re currently living?
- Is their lifestyle conducive to parenting your children?
- Do they have the time and energy to raise your children?
- Do their religious beliefs align with those of your family?
- Are their age and health conducive to parenting?
- Do they have a parenting style similar to yours, or one that you feel your children would respond well to?
- Are they someone with whom your children already feels comfortable?
- Do they have other children of their own, how would your children fit in?
Once you’ve taken everything into consideration, it’s time to take action! This is not a decision you want the courts to make for you. Without a clear plan in place, protective services usually has to get involved, which can be an unhappy experience for children already coping with tragedy.
Here are some action steps:
- Legally document your wishes to ensure that the person you want as guardian will be the guardian.
- Talk to your family and make sure your wishes are expressed to all interested parties (grandparents, aunts and uncles, etc) so that everyone is on the same page and there is no fighting over custody.
- Talk to the guardian and make sure that person is truly willing to take on the care of your child.
- Make an appointment with us to ensure these plans are documented and to secure a plan for financially supporting your children’s future.
About Oakstone Law, PL
Oakstone Law PL was founded by Bob Kleinknecht. A member of the Florida Family Trust Company Subcommittee, the Estate Tax & Trust Planning (ETTP) Committee and the Real Property, Probate & Trust Law (RPPTL) Section of the Florida Bar, Kleinknecht has 15 years’ experience.
Prior to founding Oakstone law, he spent more than eight years serving as a personal, in-house estate, tax and charitable planning attorney for a Forbes 400 family in New York and Florida. Before that he was an estate planning and estate settlement attorney with prominent firms in Boston and Washington, D.C. after beginning his career with a boutique firm in Naples, Florida.
Licensed in Florida and Massachusetts, Kleinknecht has developed a practice model that eliminates billing by the hour and offers a streamlined, customized client process supported by technology, security and a personal approach.
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