As a Fairfax estate planning lawyer, I can tell you that the most critical element of your estate plan may have nothing to do with your assets. If you have minor children, the most important part of your plan will be nominating someone who can raise your children if you are no longer able to do so. At our Fairfax Virginia Law Firm, we don’t just document your choice. Instead, we help you think through all of the issues that you need to consider. You may think you’ve handled this already; you know your choice of guardian would love your children and that they’d honor your wishes in terms of religion and education. But you might be surprised to find out that there are other important considerations that you may not have thought about:
Will the guardian be able to properly manage your children’s assets?
Will the guardian’s home accommodate your children?
Will the guardian be financially strong?
Will the guardian be able to handle your child’s disabilities and/or special needs?
It is very important to consider ALL aspects of raising a child when choosing someone who would take over for you if you passed away. In some cases, parents choose to name separate guardians; one to physically raise their kids and one that can manage their funds because there simply is not one person that can offer the child(ren) the lifestyle that the parent expects in his or her absence. This is a choice that can be worked through with your attorney.
We know that choosing a guardian is an emotionally-charged decision. But, we’ll help you make the best choice, which will give you a peace of mind that you didn’t even know you were missing.
If you haven’t yet named a guardian for your minor children, give the law office of Sheri R. Abrams a call at (571) 328-5795 to schedule an appointment.