Having a Will Alone Simply Does Not Ensure the Care of Your Kids If the Unthinkable Happens to You!
All to often, we are confronted with tragic stories of parents dying too soon and leaving minor children behind. The stories are heart wrenching and the reality for the children is worse. The sad reality is that most parents in the USA have not named a guardian to care for their children in the event something happens to them?
The majority of parents in Texas has not yet named guardians for their children; most are even lacking the foundation of an estate plan that would ensure their children will be taken care of, no matter what happens.
Have you ever asked yourself these two simple questions;
- What would happen to your children if something happened to you?
- Would your loved ones have immediately protected access to your money?
If you are a family with young children, then your estate plan should begin with a foundation that ensures your children would always be taken care of, no matter what happens.
So, I will ask you again; What Would Happen to Your Kids if the Unthinkable Happened to You?
Without proper planning, if the unthinkable happens to you, here’s what could happen:
- Your children most likely will be placed into Child Protective Services (CPS) even if you have a will in place; even if you have a living trust while your legal documents or located or your family is identified. Or worse, your kids could be left in the care of the one person in your family you would never want raising them;
- A Judge who doesn’t know you, or your family, will decide who will raise your kids, even if it’s the last person you would ever want;
- Approximately 5% of the total value of your assets could be lost due to probate, a court process that can tie up your assets for months or years and deprive your kids of the resources they need to live comfortably;
- When your kids turn 18, they get a check for whatever assets are left – outright with no protection;
- There are unscrupulous people who make it their business to review public records to find out what 18 year olds are coming into money;
- The vast majority of estate planning attorneys simply do not address these issues, and do not plan from a parent’s perspective.
Yes, these things scare us too. We have dedicated our life’s work to make sure these things do not happen to your kids! That is why we offer a Kids Protection Plan® with every estate plan we prepare for families with young children. A Kids Protection Plan (often referred to as estate planning) is about protecting you, your assets and your family in the event of your death or incapacity.
What is a Kids Protection Plan®?
A Kids Protection Plan® is a set of instructions, legal documents and even an ID card for your wallet, which you need to have if you have kids at home who count on you for their well-being and care.
If you are in an accident, your Kids Protection Plan® will make sure your children are never taken into the custody of Child Protective Services, strangers or the care of anyone you wouldn’t want because the authorities don’t have clear instructions from you. And your Kids Protection Plan® will ensure your children are raised by people you choose, not someone chosen by a Judge who doesn’t know you.
To get started with your Kids Protection Plan®, contact us.
Did you know that 69% of parents have not yet named guardians for their kids?Of those who have, most have made one of 6 common mistakes when naming guardians.
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