But it’s all over the news. Bad things happen. And now that I’m a mom, I’m all too aware of the precious gift I have been given. I want to make sure he’s taken care of.
Have you made a plan for your child’s future? Have you selected guardians for him or her? It’s scary to think about it. But it’s even worse to think about what might happen if you don’t. I think the hardest part of this process is knowing where to start. How do I make my wishes known? If I hire an attorney will they understand how important this is?
I know this is a hard subject to even think about. I had to force myself
to do it. What motivated me was my sweet boy. I would hate for Hudson
to be caught up in a court system because we didn’t plan ahead.
Luckily, one of my very good real-life friends, Tamsen, is an attorney and has created a program called “Life Footprint“ that helps moms like me prioritize, organize, and legalize a plan for their child’s future. Tamsen is a mom herself and has thought about the worse-case scenario…..not being around to raise your child. Tamsen has helped my husband and I create letters (like the one above) that can be sent to Hudson to reassure him that he is loved…and to let him know who we have selected to take care of him in our absence.
Please chat with her about your plan for your family. Tamsen can help make your family legally healthy and ready for the future. And….she offers complimentary 30-minute appointments!
I am a mamattorney. So I am constantly balancing my roles as mom and attorney. It is with both of these “hats” that I write this post. There is so much we want to do and give our precious little ones and we have no problem executing a plan.
You live a vibrant, colorful, rich, and rewarding life and that is what you want to transfer to your children. In addition to making sure that they are taken care of in the very best way that you can plan for.
Just for a moment, imagine that you went to Target this afternoon and left your little one to play with your best friend. Unfortunately you are hit when a distracted driver was texting. You die on the scene. Your spouse or partner is out of town on a business trip. After hours go by your friend knows something is wrong. The police come to the house and crisis mode starts. Unfortunately there are no legal documents that say that your best friend can protect, keep, and love on your little one during this horrendous situation. No one can locate your husband. The police do what they have to do – pry your little one out of the arms of someone they know, love, and trust, and turn them over to child protective services until your spouse or partner can be located . . . I don’t know about you but every time I think about that situation I want to be sick. I can’t imagine my little guy not being in his own home surrounded by the people that love him in that situation.
When you start thinking about guardians check out these resources. Ideally you want a guardian list of 10 contingencies. I know it sounds like overkill but it’s not. So my challenge for you is to create your guardian list today. Take 10 minutes and write down who you absolutely do not want to ever have the chance to raise your little one and who you absolutely want to raise your little one.