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Family Law Advice: Why Parents Need a Will

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Do you have children?

If you answered yes, then you probably spend countless hours each day caring for them, cleaning their clothes, making sure they are well fed, transporting them to school and other extracurricular activities such as baseball practice or ballet. However, one of the most important things you can do for your children, to protect your children, is something most parents overlook.

Most parents, both young and old, overlook the fact that they should have a will drafted by an attorney.

Most parents, and people, mistakenly believe a will is only needed for those with a large amount of money or other assets that would need to be divided should you pass away. However, that is far from the truth.

Wills are essential for parents with children, even when they don’t have any assets. Through a will you can leave instruction as to who you want to be the guardian of your children if something were to happen to you before your children become legal adults. Also, you can make sure that any assets you do have, are used for the care and well being of your children and not squandered on a 5-star vacation.

While explaining your wishes to your family and close friends is helpful, it isn’t always enough and can later be contested in court should your family later disagree. Additionally, laws vary in each state as to what would happen should you pass away without a will and without direction as to who will be taking care of your children. Through a will you can make sure your children are cared for by the people you would choose if anything should happen to you.

While there are plenty of websites with forms available that allow you to draw up a simple will, those website forms may not be legally binding in all 50 states. It is always best to consult with a local attorney to be sure any legal documents are drafted properly according to the laws of the state you live in. Costs for simple wills are usually very reasonable and well worth the additional peace of mind.

Family Law Attorney in Macon

For family law help in the Macon area, contact attorney Ashley M. Brodie. With offices in Macon and Gray, Ashley handles family law matters throughout Macon and middle Georgia. Call her Macon office at (478) 239-2780 to schedule a consultation or fill out the contact form and someone will contact you shortly.

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