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Estate Planning for the Single Parent

Posted by Jason Johnson | Feb 13, 2024

Single parents have a double duty: they must act as both the emotional and financial anchors for their children. This makes estate planning a critical yet often overlooked responsibility.

The importance of a well-thought-out estate plan can't be overstated. It ensures that your children are cared for by the people you trust and that your assets are distributed to benefit them the most.

      Guardianship: The most immediate concern is who will take care of your children in your absence. If a second parent isn't in the picture or is unable to assume guardianship, naming a responsible guardian is paramount. This decision shouldn't be left to the courts.

      Trust for Minors: A trust can provide financial stability for your children, ensuring the funds are utilized for their well-being and education. Appoint a trusted trustee to manage the assets until your children come of age.

      Life Insurance: As the sole provider, life insurance becomes a financial safety net for your children. Opt for a policy that covers their living expenses and educational needs should you pass prematurely.

Planning for the worst may seem pessimistic, but it's actually the most loving thing you can do for your children. 

We specialize in educating and helping you protect what you have for the people you love the most. Contact us to learn more about how we can help.

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Jason Johnson

Principal Attorney Jason C. Johnson received his Juris Doctor, with honors, from the University of Maryland School of Law and was admitted to practice law in Maryland in 2005. Jason started the practice in Annapolis after many years of law enforcement service. He was motivated to limit the pract...

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