When devising your estate plan, the care of your children is likely your foremost concern. I have more than 34 years of experience in this area of the law. I can provide you with sound advice and professional assistance with crucial decisions about the financial support, protection and guardianship of your children.
It is appropriate to select and name a guardian who will raise your children according to your parental philosophies. You should be aware that sometimes the court may reject a guardian who it finds is unwilling or unable to care for your child. I suggest that you name an alternative guardian who can step into the role if your primary guardian choice is unavailable or rejected by the court. I also recommend that you thoroughly discuss your decision with your chosen guardian to make sure the guardian is willing and prepared to accept the full responsibility of caring for your child as you wish.
Naming a guardian for your children is especially important if you are a single parent, or in case both you and your spouse die at the same time. If you have not named a guardian for your children, the court appoints the guardian for your children — and may make a very different decision about that than you would make. Assert your right to make such parenting decisions and have them enforced by drafting a will — and updating it if the guardian you have designated dies or becomes incapacitated.
I can help you arrange for the care of an elderly parent or disabled adult child. I can guide you in choosing a conservator whom you can trust to manage the financial needs of your loved ones according to your wishes.
Call the law office of James W. Magaha at 850-696-0358 or contact us online.