Why every parent needs a will

Plenty of people assume that estate planning is for the ill or elderly and cannot imagine why they would need to go through the process as a healthy person in their 20s, 30s, or 40s. However, this misconception about who “needs” a will and other estate plan documents has the potential to wreak havoc on a child’s life. Why? Because in California, if a minor child is left orphaned by parent(s) who did not create a will (died intestate) designating a guardian, the court will be left to appoint a guardian for that child. It is often a grandparent or other relative and they try to choose the best-suited person, but you will not be there to advocate for a specific person to care for your child. What if you know exactly who you want as your child’s guardian? Or if you know exactly who you would not want to be guardian? You need a will if you want to choose who takes care of your child if you were to die before they reach 18.

When planning for you and your children’s futures, here are some things to consider:

Please contact our office at (408) 402-4064 / (714) 410-2436 to schedule your complimentary consultation to discuss your estate planning options. It can be a challenge to decide who to name as guardian, but the worst thing you can do is wait and not have the right people in place when your kids need them the most. Contact us today to learn more.

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