Don’t Leave Your Children With The Babysitter Until You Read This
After two years of living in a global pandemic, we as a society have gained a greater understanding of our own mortality, because even if you haven’t gotten sick yourself it’s almost certain you know someone who has, and many of us even know of one or more individuals who have died in the past two years.
We have always been at risk for severe illness and death, but COVID-19 has been an inescapable, constant reminder unlike any other event in recent memory that we need to be planning for these eventualities. Some of those worst-case scenarios we thought would never happen now seem much more likely and for some people, those unthinkable situations have even become reality.
Understanding The Risks
Even if you have avoided becoming sick up till now, the fact remains that you are all vulnerable to serious illness or injury regardless of how young or healthy you, are and if you are a parent, one of the most frightening aspects of that reality is knowing that should something happen to you, your children would be left without you to care for them, temporarily or permanently.
Consider the following scenario: You and your spouse are out to dinner and your kids are at home with the babysitter. On your way home, you get into a car accident. When you fail to make it home on time, the babysitter calls you repeatedly, but when no one answers she calls the police.
The police arrive and find your kids with the babysitter, who offers to stay with the children until a relative can be found to take them. However, because the babysitter doesn’t have the legal authority to care for the children, even temporarily, the police have no choice but to call Child Protective Services. These authorities will take your children into custody until they can locate and/or appoint the proper guardian.
This is the case even if you have friends or family living nearby who are willing to care for the children. If you haven’t left proper legal documentation, the authorities have no option but to call Child Protective Services. You must give the authorities a legal basis for keeping your children with the friends or family you designate.
Even if you have named legal guardians in a will, your children are still at risk of being taken by the authorities because a will only goes into effect upon your death. If you are incapacitated by an accident or illness, your will would be ineffective for dealing with the situation.
Furthermore, even if you did die and your will went into effect, perhaps the guardians you named in your will live far from your home, so it would take them several days to get there. If you haven’t made legally-binding arrangements for the immediate care of your children, it’s highly likely that they will be placed with Child Protective Services until those guardians arrive.
And does anyone even know where you will is located and how to access it?
Most Guardianships Are Lacking
These are just a few of the many scenarios that can cause your children to be taken into custody by strangers or placed with a family member you would never want caring for them. Sadly, we see this happen even to those parents who’ve worked with lawyers to name legal guardians for their children in their will because most lawyers simply don’t know what’s necessary for planning and ensuring the well-being and care of minor children.
However, as a Personal Family Lawyer® firm, we have been trained by the author of the best-selling book, Wear Clean Underwear!: A Fast, Fun, Friendly, and Essential Guide to Legal Planning for Busy Parents, on legal planning for the unique needs of families with minor children. As a result of this training, we offer a comprehensive system known as the Kids Protection Plan®, which is included with every Will and Trust we prepare for families with young children.
Developed by a nationally recognized attorney who is a mom herself, the Kids Protection Plan® provides parents of minor children with a wide array of legal planning tools to make sure there is never a question about who will take care of their kids if they are in an accident or suffer some other life-threatening incident.
The full Kids Protection Plan® includes all of the following:
- Legal documents to name short-term guardians, who can be there immediately for your children, so they will never be taken into the arms of strangers or anyone you wouldn’t want. Not even for a moment.
- Letters to the people you name as short-term guardians, so the people you have named will know just what to do if called upon.
- Instructions to everyone who takes care of your kids as to exactly what to do if you are in an accident, so there’s never any question about what to do or who to call.
- Legal documents to name long-term guardians, who will raise your children just as you would, so there is no family feuding over your children.
- Letters to your long-term guardians, letting them know exactly what to do if called upon.
- Instructions and guidelines for your long-term guardians on how you want your kids to be raised to ensure your kids are raised with your values, insights, stories, and experience.
- Medical powers of attorney for your minor children, so the next time they travel without you or you travel without them, you know they will get the medical care they need.
- A custom, personalized I.D. card for your wallet stating that you have minor children at home and who should be contacted if you are in an accident.
Here’s How To Get Started
While you should meet with us to put the full Kids Protection Plan® in place as soon as possible, protecting your children is such a critical and urgent issue that we’ve created a totally free website where you can visit to get your plan started right now.
If you’ve yet to take any action at all, visit this easy-to-use and 100% FREE website, where you can take the first steps to create legal documents naming long-term guardians for your children to ensure that should anything happen to you prior to creating your formal Will and Trust, your kids would be cared for by the people you would want in exactly the way you would want. Get started here now: https://kidsprotectionplan.com/
After you’ve completed those initial actions, schedule a Family Wealth Planning Session with us, your neighborhood Personal Family Lawyer®, where we will put the full Kids Protection Plan® in place and determine if there is anything else your family might need to ensure the well-being and care of your children no matter what happens.
If you have already named long-term guardians in your will, either on your own or with a lawyer, we can review your existing legal documents to see whether you have made any of the common mistakes that could leave your kids at risk and then revise your plan to ensure your children are fully protected.
A Learning Experience
Although the pandemic is likely to go down as one of the most tragic periods of our lifetime, we can still learn from it. If you are a parent of minor children and want to ensure that your kids will always be taken care of by the people you want, in the way you want, no matter what happens to you, meet with us, your Personal Family Lawyer® to put the Kids Protection Plan® in place today.
This article is a service of Levi Alexander, Personal Family Lawyer®. We do not just draft documents; we ensure you make informed and empowered decisions about life and death, for yourself and the people you love. That’s why we offer a Family Wealth Planning Session™, during which you will get more financially organized than you’ve ever been before and make all the best choices for the people you love. You can begin by calling our office today to schedule a Family Wealth Planning Session and mention this article to find out how to get this $750 session at no charge.
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