Protect Your Young Children With A Guardianship

Children are often the reason many parents finally decide to create a will. You want to continue to provide for your children, even when you are no longer around to do so. However, one of the hardest decisions parents must make in an estate plan is who will be responsible for any minor children if they pass or become incapacitated.

At Janssen Law, PLC, we will help you look out for your loved ones. Our attorneys have comprehensive experience guiding Iowa families through the estate planning process, including guardianships. We understand that every family's situation is unique. That is why we will take the time to understand your family's specific needs, so we can help you create the best estate plan for your family's future.

The Basics Of A Guardianship

Establishing a guardianship in your will allows you to have a say in your children's personal and daily care even if you are no longer able to care for them. A guardian usually takes physical and legal custody of children and establishes a legal relationship with them.

The legal relationship is one of the most important factors of guardianship. Parents have legal relationships with their children that allow them to make decisions on behalf of their minor children regarding:

  • Education
  • Religion
  • Health
  • Living space

A guardianship transfers this legal relationship to another and allows that person to care for your child without interference or question from the law.

Important Factors To Consider

When choosing a guardian for your child, you may want to consider his or her:

  • Age
  • Health
  • Values
  • Stability
  • Relationship to your child

It is also important to have a conversation with the guardian you have in mind. A guardianship may establish a legal plan to take care of your child, but you can help create an informal plan of care with the guardian.

There Is No Need To Worry. We Can Help.

It is essential to consult an experienced estate planning lawyer when establishing a guardianship. The process is detailed and complicated, and it must be done right to avoid obstacles. Our attorneys are always prepared to answer your questions. We want to make sure you understand all of your rights and options and feel confident with your decisions.

Send us an email or call our Des Moines offices at 515-421-9068 to arrange a free consultation.