Burlington estate planning attorneys can provide advice to single mothers on how to make certain that their children will be cared for. All parents need to make a comprehensive estate plan to provide for their kids. However, it can be even more important to make plans if you are the only parent who is taking care of your child since you may not be able to count on the other parent to step in and provide care in the event that something happens to you.
The Law Offices of James A. Miller, P.C. can provide invaluable assistance to single mothers, single fathers, and all parents who are responsible for the care of a dependent child. If you want to ensure that your child will be protected and that you’ve used the right legal tools to achieve the maximum security for your kids, our legal team can help. Give us a call today to find out more about the ways in which Burlington estate planning attorneys help single parents.
Why is Estate Planning Important for Single Parents?
Estate planning is important for single parents with children of all ages. When your child is young and not able to care for himself or herself, you want to make sure you have chosen the right person to take custody of your child either temporarily or permanently in case something happens to you and you cannot care for your child because you are sick, hurt, or pass away. If you don’t make plans for who will care for your son or daughter, there could be a fight over custody and the court could decide that your kids will live with someone you wouldn’t have chosen.
Making an estate plan is also important so you can provide for your kids financially in case something happens to you. You may want to buy life insurance so there is money for your children’s education, and you may want to ensure that you use a trust or other appropriate legal tools to decide how a child’s inheritance will be managed if you pass away when the child is a minor.
As your child get older, you may also want to make plans for who will make choices about your own medical care and what happens if you become incapacitated. If you don’t make a plan and your child is your closest relative if you aren’t married, your child could face legal complexities and difficult choices. An experienced attorney can explain the steps you should take to protect your kids.
How Can Burlington Estate Planning Attorneys Help Single Parents?
Burlington estate planning attorneys can provide assistance in making sure you provide financially for your kids with the purchase of the right type of insurance policies in case something happens to you and with the effective use of accounts like 529 college savings plans.
We can help you to ensure you’ve made plans for the guardianship of your minor children in case of your incapacity or your untimely death and we can provide assistance in structuring an inheritance for your children so your kids don’t simply inherit a large sum of money without appropriate guidance or limitations on their 18th birthday.
The help we can offer you does not end when your minor child reaches the age of 18. We can assist you with making an incapacity plan so your child does not have to make difficult choices about your medical care or cope with complex legal proceedings in the event of your incapacity. We can also help you to structure a larger inheritance that you may wish to leave to your child so you can reduce or avoid any estate tax that might be owed.
You need an estate plan that is appropriate to your life stage, your child’s life stage and the goals that you have for your child. The Law Offices of James A. Miller, P.C. will help you to create your plan and keep it updated as your child grows.
Getting Help from Burlington Estate Planning Attorneys
Whether you are a single mom, single dad, or are a parent in a committed relationship, you owe it to your child to make effective use of available legal tools to help ensure your child has the most secure future possible. Our legal team can provide you with the guidance you need to make an estate plan that provides for your child’s security throughout the course of your life and your child’s life.
To learn more about the estate planning process and the tools that you can use to protect the people you love, download a free estate planning worksheet. You can also give us a call at 866-370-3888 or contact us online to get personalized advice from Burlington estate planning attorneys who are here to help you and your family. Call today to get your personalized plan started.
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