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Guardianships for Minor Children Make Reviewing Your Estate Planning Especially Important

By October 21, 2012Estate Planning

It is hard for me to believe that my daughter, Erin, is already one year old.  As I think back over the last year, I am amazed by all of the things she has learned and accomplished, and I can only imagine what she will learn in her second year of life.

Now that Erin has reached her milestone of the first birthday, it is time for my husband and me to review our estate plan.  Although I typically recommend to clients that they review their estate plans every three years, there are instances in which it should be done more frequently, such as when minor children are involved or a change in family circumstances has occurred.  Since Erin is a minor, I feel it is important to review our plan every year.  It is not that I necessarily believe that we will need to make changes to our beneficiaries, trustees, agents or guardians; I just want to take the time to review whom we have chosen to be a part of our plan and what role each person will play.  My husband  and I spend the majority of our discussion about our estate plan reviewing whom we listed as guardians for Erin.  We will verify that the individuals we chose are still willing and able to serve as her guardians.

Remember that every life change has the possibility of impacting your estate plan.  Take the time to review your plan on a regular basis.

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This blog should be used for informational purposes only.  It does not create an attorney-client relationship with any reader and should not be construed as legal advice.  If you need legal advice, please contact an attorney in your community who can assess the specifics of your situation.

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