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Estate planning for single parents

On Behalf of | Jul 6, 2023 | Estate Planning |

As a single parent, it is crucial to have an estate plan in place. The last thing you want is for your children to be without legal guardianship or financial security should you become incapacitated or pass away.

Taking the time now to develop an estate plan will provide peace of mind about your family’s future.

6 essential components of your estate plan

Here are some critical elements single parents should consider including in their estate plan:

  1. Name a guardian for your minor children in case of your death. Otherwise, the court will decide who will care for your children.
  2. You can use a trust to manage assets for your minor children until they reach an age where they can responsibly handle their inheritance.
  3. Life insurance provides financial support for your children if something happens to you. It can cover expenses like childcare, education, and day-to-day living costs.
  4. With a power of attorney, you can appoint someone to make financial decisions on your behalf if you cannot do so. This is particularly important for parents with minor children.
  5. Advanced directives outline your wishes regarding medical treatment and care if you cannot make these decisions due to illness or incapacitation.
  6. A Letter of Intent is not legally binding. However, it provides instructions about what you want to happen after your death. It may include wishes about your funeral or guidance on how you’d like your children to be raised.

While no one wants to consider their mortality, it’s imperative that single parents create an estate plan. It is one way to ensure that your children will be cared for if you cannot.