If you are a parent, the most important thing in your life is providing for the safety and well-being of your children. You work hard to make sure they have a happy childhood and receive a quality education. Equally important is making sure that your children are taken care of if the unthinkable happens and you’re no longer around to care for them yourself. Who would you want to raise them? What kind of school would you want them to attend? What religious traditions and values would you want instilled in them?
All of these issues can make a critical difference in a child’s upbringing, but without proper planning, you are leaving all of these things up to chance, or worse yet, a court. If guardians have not been properly named, a court will decide who will raise your children, and it may not end up being your first, second, or even third choice.
You wouldn’t dream of leaving your child for an indefinite period without any instructions for their care, much less with a caretaker you didn’t even choose. But that’s exactly what can happen when parents fail to do the necessary legal planning.
By putting a plan into place, you can have the peace of mind of knowing that your children would be taken care of how, and by whom, you would want. Of course, we all wish we were immune from misfortune. But if we can ‘t completely eliminate the possibility, at least we can be prepared so that a failure to plan doesn’t make a devastating time even more difficult for our children and other loved ones.