Not many of you know this about me, since my blog pretty much makes zero mention of it anymore…but I used to work in the legal field. I was actually a paralegal for almost 12 years for many different areas of law. The most difficult area for me was family law. While we didn’t do probate there per se, we saw a lot of outcomes of what happened when parents didn’t name guardians. Not pretty stuff people.
Even though I got to see the messy outcomes, I actually do not have a trust in place. Although my husband and I have talked about it, it’s so hard to imagine not being here to raise our daughter…and on top of imagining that, picking our “replacements.” You would think having seen what happens to children with no guardians names would have taught me better. Honestly, it IS hard but like all hard things, it is probably be the best option for your family in the end.
Well, as you will see in the video below, Estate Planning Attorney, Sona Tatiyants, gives a few scary examples of what may happen to your kids should you not have a guardian appointed. First, it would be you who decides who will best care for your children, but a judge who knows nothing about you or your family. Did you realize that if you have more than one child and no trustee appointed, the state CAN separate your children? I can’t even imagine.
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