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Kids Protection Planning

Did you know that 69% of parents have not yet named guardians for their kids?

And of the 31% who have, most have made one of 6 common mistakes? Click this link to review the 6 common mistakes most parents (and their lawyers!) make when naming legal guardians [LINK TO 6 COMMON MISTAKES FREE REPORT] and then schedule a Family Wealth Planning Session with us today, so we can fix those mistakes with you.

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Having a Will Alone Simply Does Not Ensure the Care of Your Kids If the Unthinkable Happens to You!

If you are a parent of minor children (or those with special needs) who are counting on you, your estate plan must begin with your children would always be taken care of by the people you want, in the way you want, no matter what happens.

At Hixson & Stringham, PLLC, one of our areas of greatest expertise is planning for the well-being and care of the children you love. Without proper planning, if the unthinkable happens to you, here's what could happen:

  • Your children could be placed into the care of Child Protective Services (yes, even if you have a will in place and even if you have a living trust) and, yes, it would very likely only be temporary, but you never want your children in the arms of strangers.  Not even for a minute.
  • Your children could be put into the custody and care of someone you would never want, like that one family member who has good intentions, but you'd never want raising your kids.
  • A judge who doesn't know you, or your family, could decide who will raise your kids, even if it's the last person you would ever want.
  • Your family could get into a long, drawn out custody fight or there could be a challenge to the guardians you have designated.
  • Up to 5% of the value of your assets and other unnecessary fees could be lost to court costs through probate, a court process that can tie up your assets for years and deprive your kids of the resources they need to live comfortably, which can totally be avoided with advance legal planning.
  • When your kids turn 18, they could get a check for whatever assets are left in your estate, at which point they could fall prey to unscrupulous people who make it their business to look at the public probate records to find out when 18 year olds are getting that inheritance check.

Yes, these things scare us too. That's why we offer a Kids Protection Plan with every estate plan we do for families with young children. Unfortunately, the vast majority of estate planning attorneys do not address these issues, and do not plan from a parent's perspective.

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What is a Kids Protection Plan®?

A Kids Protection Plan® is a set of instructions, legal documents and even an ID card for your wallet, which you need to have if you have kids at home who count on you for their well-being and care.

If you are in an accident, your Kids Protection Plan® will make sure your children are never taken into the custody of Child Protective Services, strangers or the care of anyone you wouldn't want because the authorities don't have clear instructions from you.  And your Kids Protection Plan® will ensure your children are raised by people you choose, not someone chosen by a Judge who doesn't know you.

To get started with your Kids Protection Plan®, contact us at the link below or call us at (817) 261-5000.

Kid's Protection Plan

In 10 minutes, this FREE website will help you protect your kids if something unthinkable happens to you prior to creating your formal estate plan. Think of it as the first step to ensuring your kids are raised by the people you want, in the way you want, no matter what.

We are just a phone call away at (817) 261-5000 or click the following link to set up a FREE 15 minute consultation. We're ready to answer whatever questions you have.

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The attorneys at Hixson & Stringham would love to help you find answers to your questions about Estate Planning, Probate, Business Succession Planning and Small Business General Counsel Services questions in Arlington and the Dallas / Fort Worth area.

Our office is conveniently located in Arlington, Texas. Call us anytime to schedule a consultation with our attorneys and let us take the worry out of your transactions and transitions.

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