With school out and summer beginning, what is on the top of your to do list? Traveling, camps or backyard cookouts with family and friends? What about using this time to think about estate planning? Estate planning is important for young families to ensure the well-being and security of their loved ones. We want to share a few key estate planning tips that young families should address.

The first priority is the absolute need to name guardians for your minor children. If something happened to both parents, a designated guardian would take on the responsibility of raising your children. If this is not done, the courts will decide who will care for your children, which may not align with your wishes. By being proactive and choosing a guardian you can be sure that your children are cared for by someone you trust.

Establishing an estate plan should be the next. We highly recommend that you work with an experienced Florida estate planning attorney.  Together you can create an estate plan that outlines how your assets will be distributed and can include instructions for the care of your children. Your estate plan will provide clear guidance about your wishes, help prevent disputes and ensure that your assets are allocated according to your intentions. Your attorney may also recommend that you consider setting up a trust to manage your assets for the benefit of your children. Trusts can provide financial support for your children’s education, healthcare, and other needs while protecting their inheritance until they reach adulthood.

Life insurance needs to be secured by young families. Why? Because life insurance policies can provide financial stability for your family in the event of your untimely death. These policies can cover living expenses, educational costs, and other financial needs, ensuring that your family remains financially secure even if you are no longer there to provide for them.

In addition, you need to work with your experienced Florida estate planning attorney to create powers of attorney for both financial and healthcare matters. A financial power of attorney designates someone to manage your financial affairs if you become incapacitated, while a healthcare power of attorney appoints someone to make medical decisions on your behalf. These documents ensure that your financial and medical affairs are handled according to your wishes.

Once your estate plan is created, remember, regularly reviewing and updating your estate plan is essential. Because life circumstances change, especially when you have young children, your estate plan should reflect these changes. There may be a new addition to the family, a significant change in assets, or a relocation to another state, keeping your estate plan current ensures it remains effective and relevant. By choosing to work with an experienced Florida estate planning attorney you can have the legal team you need to protect what you love most. Your attorney can provide advice tailored to your needs and help you work through the complexities of estate planning and ensure that your documents are both legally sound and customized to your family’s needs.

We know this article may raise more questions than it answers. At Perlin Estate Planning & Probate our credentials enable us to provide a multi-disciplinary approach to our legal services.  By building relationships with our clients, we are also able to understand each client’s needs and desires, and we support such goals through thoughtful, comprehensive planning techniques. We encourage you to contact us and schedule a meeting.