If you are expecting a baby or you have just had a child, you know that your world has totally changed. While all of the decisions you must make can be overwhelming, it is important to create or update your estate plan. Your child is the most important thing in your life, so you should take every step necessary to protect him or her now and in the future.
Below are a few reasons why new parents need to create or update their estate plan:
- Appoint a guardian for your minor children. Nobody likes to think about not being there for their child, but none of us know the future. Thus, if something should unexpectedly happen to you or your spouse, it is important to choose who will raise your child. You should confer with the person you want to appoint to serve as the guardian of your minor children to verify that he or she is willing to do it. You should also name alternates in case your first choice is unwilling or unable to serve as the guardian when the time comes.
- Create a trust. A trust can help ensure that your child’s financial future is protected. A trust provides you flexibility in deciding when and under what conditions your child will inherit from you, which may include a provision stating that your child must reach a certain age before distributions from the trust should be made.
- Select a trustee to manage each child’s inheritance. You will want to consider appointing a trustee who will invest wisely on behalf of your child.
- Provide for any special needs. If your child has special needs, you must take care in creating your estate plan. You will want to create a special needs trust to ensure that your child’s needs will continue to be provided for without jeopardizing his or her eligibility to receive government assistance.
If you are expecting a child or you are a new parent who would like to learn more about creating an estate plan to protect your child’s best interests, call us today to schedule an initial consultation.
The Astill Law Office has provided high quality legal services for over 30 years. We specialize in wills, trusts, estate planning, and asset protection. If you have any questions about creating a Trust, Will, or estate planning in general, contact The Astill Law Office at 801-438-8698.