Guardianship Attorney in Ypsilanti, Michigan
If you currently crafting your estate plan, you are most likely looking to draft your will, perhaps certain trusts, and more. That being said, one often-overlooked aspect of all comprehensive estate plans is establishing a guardianship. Guardianships can be useful tools both for minor children and for adults. Essentially, the goal of all guardianships is so that should someone in your family need assistance managing their affairs and you are no longer there/they are unable to do so themselves, there is a guardian in place who can do so.
Collis, Griffor & Hendra has over 30 years of combined legal experience helping individuals create guardianships, and we know we can properly do so for you as well. Contact our experienced Washtenaw County guardianship attorneys to learn more about guardianships, how we can help you create one, and how they may benefit your family in the long run.
Guardianships for Children in Michigan
To start, if you are a parent, even if you only became a parent fairly recently and you and your spouse are still young, the truth is, establishing a guardianship in your estate plan is one of the smartest things you can do. By creating a guardianship, you can designate a certain trusted individual (perhaps your sibling, for example) who will work to raise your child, should anything ever happen to you and your spouse, making you unable to do so.
Without carefully selecting a guardian on your own, if you and your spouse pass away or are otherwise unable to raise your child, the courts will instead select your child’s guardian. Of course, they will attempt to select the guardian based on what they feel is in your child’s best interest, but nobody knows this as well as you. That is why all parents of minor children should have a conversation with someone they trust and select that person to raise their child, should the day come where they are no longer capable of doing so.
Guardianships for Adults in Michigan
Guardianships for adults can be a bit more complicated, however, they, too are fantastic tools when it comes to preserving assets and ensuring that you are well taken care of into your later years. That being said, if you are an adult and are looking to appoint a guardian, you are essentially entrusting that person to handle all of your finances, ensuring that all of your bills and taxes are paid on time, while also ensuring that you are in a safe environment, and, in many cases, that all of your health care needs are met.
These agreements greatly vary in their scope and nature, and in many cases, we can tailor your guardianship to your exact needs. However, you should understand that before selecting your guardian, it may not be enough for that guardian to simply be a good person. Your guardian must be responsible, honest, organized, and trustworthy, as he or she will have to keep an extensive record of your assets, finances, and more.
Contact our Michigan Guardianship Attorneys
At the end of the day, the most important thing in life is family, and the primary purpose of creating a comprehensive estate plan is so that you can continue providing for your family, even if you are no longer capable of doing so. If you believe that creating a guardianship may be in the best interests of you or your child, please do not hesitate to give our experienced firm a call. We have established countless guardianships on behalf of our clients to give them the peace of mind they deserve so they can focus on what matters most in life. Contact Collis, Griffor & Hendra so we can schedule your initial consultation today.