Sunday, September 10, 2006

Day 202 - I Will

Today's first time parenting tip - Have a will drafted, and at the very least make sure your baby's guardians are named

A lot of people don't have wills drafted simply because they don't want to think about what would happen if they died, especially so young. But if your wishes aren't legally captured, its up to the courts and whomever them deem the closest family member to decide what happens to your baby and all your assets if something should happen to you.

Having a will can make sure that there's no fighting or nastiness over who gets custody of your baby when you die. It'll also make sure the people that you trust will make the important decisions that need to be made in the event of your absense.

You hope that the provisions you set in your will now will never come to pass. But for your baby's well being, you want to make sure he's taken care of as well as possible. If you can, find a lawyer with his own family, and who actually enjoys helping people figure things out like this. Our lawyer prefers things like wills and trusts, because otherwise he'd be involved with people who were fighting. This way, he says, he can help people find a solution to a problem, together. A great attitude.

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