When devising your estate plan, the care of your children is likely your foremost concern. Law Office of Roland P. Merkel can provide you with sound advice and professional assistance with crucial decisions about the financial support, protection and guardianship of your children.
It is appropriate to select and name a guardian who will raise your children according to your parental philosophies. You should be aware that sometimes the court may reject a guardian who it finds is unwilling or unable to care for your child. Therefore, you should also name an alternate guardian who can step into the role if your primary guardian choice is unavailable or rejected by the court. You should thoroughly discuss your decision with your chosen guardian, before including that person in such documents, to make sure the guardian is willing and prepared to accept the full responsibility of caring for your child as you wish.
Having named a guardian for your children is especially important if you are a single parent or in case both parents die at the same time. If you have not named a guardian for your children, the court appoints the guardian for your children — and may make a very different decision about that than you would have. Assert your right to make such parenting decisions and have them enforced by drafting a will — and making updates it if the guardian you have designated dies, becomes incapacitated, or advises he or she is no longer able to serve as a guardian.
I can help you arrange for the care of an elderly parent or disabled adult. I can assist you in the process to have yourself, or another concerned and qualified loved one, appointed as conservator. I can also guide you in choosing a professional conservator to manage your loved one’s financial needs responsibly for their best interests.
Law Office of Roland P. Merkel serves clients throughout Kentucky. Call me at 859-263-1123 or contact me online to schedule a free 20-minute initial consultation at my Lexington office.