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Who Will Take Care of Your Children If You’re Gone?

Posted by Chris Peterson | Jan 01, 2013 | 0 Comments

Who Will Take Care of Your Children If You're Gone?

The holidays are barely over, so odds are good you saw at least part of the movie, “Christmas Vacation.”  Can you imagine what would have happened if Clark and Ellen Griswold died in an accident with the logging truck?  (Ellen: Clark, I don't want to spend the holidays dead!)  Would they have wanted Audrey and Rusty to be raised by Eddie and Catherine?  Probably not, but that is exactly what could have happened if the Griswold's died without a will or an appointment of guardian document.

In all seriousness, deciding who would take care of the children is a question many of us consider at times, whether after a near-miss on the freeway, a household mishap, or the latest tragedy on the evening news.  Taking a few minutes to plan a solution with an experienced estate planning attorney from the Peterson Law Group can help put your anxiety at ease.

One option is to address the issue in your will, stating that upon your death your children will be placed in the care of a certain person or persons.  Another option is to prepare an appointment of guardian document, which will operate to transfer care of your children upon your death or incapacity.

If you need help deciding which of these two options is best for you, contact the Peterson Law Group at 979-703-7014 or 936-337-4681.  One of our experienced Texas guardianship attorneys can explain your options and prepare the necessary documents to give you peace of mind.

About the Author

Chris Peterson

Chris Peterson is the owner of Peterson Law Group. He practices primarily in the areas of wills, trusts and estate planning; probate and trust administration; elder law; and business law. Chris is also the owner of Brazos 1031 Exchange Company.


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