As a parent, I know how having a child changes your life. It’s scary to think about dying before your child has grown up. In the event the worst happens, however, you want to ensure that your child has every advantage in your absence. Here’s how I can help you:
Name a guardian for your child: As long as one parent is living, that parent will be the lawful guardian of your child (unless his or her parental rights are terminated). But what if both of you are gone, or the other parent isn’t in the picture? Naming a guardian for your child is the single most important thing you can do in your estate plan – it ensures that your child will be raised by the person you select.
Protect your minor child’s assets: Most parents want to provide for their child’s care after their death, but they don’t want the minor to control a large sum of money. Moreover, under North Carolina law, any money left to a minor child in a will must be managed by a guardian. Creating a trust for minors avoids these problems and ensures that someone will manage your child’s resources as you see fit.
As an attorney and mother here in Asheville, I can help you achieve peace of mind by preparing an estate plan that will protect what’s most important to you – your family.