Elder Care Attorney, Mindy Felinton writes about establishing a guardian for children in the tragic and rare event that both parents should die while children are still minors.
DelrayBeach, FL September 23, 2019: Mindy Felinton, founder of Felinton Elder Law & Estate Planning Centers, has posted a new article on her law firm’s website entitled “Back To School: Time To Consider Appointing A Guardian For Your Children.” Ms. Felinton recognizes that the simultaneous or sequential death of both parents while children are minors is rare, but that planning for the eventuality is an act of love.
Felinton writes, “Each year, as the kids head back to school, I remind my clients about the importance of establishing an estate plan that includes the designation of a legal guardian for their minor children.” She continues adding, “Parents love imagining the future with their children, the graduation from middle school to high school, high school to university and …you know the sequence of events! But a subject most parents don’t like to consider is what would happen if both parents were to die suddenly or become incapacitated while the kids are still minors.”
“Yes,” Felinton acknowledges, “it is rare that both parents die simultaneously, but it does happen more often than you would think. And the whole idea of having a will and an estate plan is to cover all possibilities that would have an adverse effect on your family.”
According to Felinton, “Appointing a guardian is a subject you will want to discuss with your family as well as the potential appointee.” She elaborates, “Many people assume family members will step in and take care of their children. However, there are a multitude of factors to consider.” Among those factors, Felinton points out, “Many people have difficult family relationships. And often families are spread out across the country, even the world.”
The entire article can be read at https://www.felintonlaw.com/back-to-school-time-to-consider-appointing-a-guardian-for-your-children/
About Mindy Felinton
From a young age, Mindy wanted to be the voice that would make an impact in people’s lives. She became an attorney and has practiced law for over 30 years, so that she could fulfill her desire to help others. As a special prosecutor, Mindy defended the underdog (literally) in cases of animal abuse. As a state attorney in Florida she fought for justice. During the last 25 years, Mindy met many wonderful people who did not know their rights, did not understand the law, and did not know what options were available.
Mindy assists families with Medicaid planning to help with the cost of nursing home care and with obtaining veteran’s benefits to make the cost of care more manageable. She also prepares wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and medical directives. Mindy is passionate about educating both other professionals and the public concerning VA Aid & Attendance benefits, Medicaid benefits, and the use of trusts for the protection of assets. She shares her experience and professional knowledge through free workshops, and as a frequent lecturer at State Bar Conferences.