Sometimes the unthinkable happens and both parents pass away or become incapacitated while their children are still minors. Without proper planning those children are left for the state to care for. It becomes up to the court system to decide who will raise them, oversee their money, and ultimately make decisions for them in the future.
Mobile Legal Services helps parents take control of who may serve as a guardian for children as a part of our Michigan estate planning services. And, of course, for your convenience our estate planning attorneys can meet with you at your home or other convenient locations — for no additional cost — in the Metro Detroit area including Livingston County, Washtenaw County, Oakland County, Wayne County, and Southern Macomb County.
In many states, a will is required to appoint the guardians in the event minor children are orphaned, but this is not the case in Michigan. In Michigan, the law indicates that parents can sign a relatively simple document nominating a guardian for their minor children. All parents should have this document in place.
Factors that parents should consider in determining who would be an appropriate guardian include the following:
We're happy to help you document your choice of guardian for your child(ren) — as well as to help you think through these questions and their potential legal and financial effects. Contact Mobile Legal Services to schedule a consultation.