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Joel Case & Sally Rajnoha
A New Baby! What Do I Do Now?
The lesson here is when you go to the expense and trouble of preparing your own Last Will and Testament, Living Trust,
or beneficiary deed, let your loved ones know where these documents are located. Better yet, add on the Personal Representative
named in the Will or Successor Trustee of your Living Trust to the safe deposit box. If you keep your important papers in a safe
at home, be sure to let someone know where the key is.
Congratulations to our legal assistant, Amanda, on the birth of her new baby boy. A new addition to the family is a wonderful and
busy time, getting used to new routines and trying to get everyone on a schedule. When you finally get a second to breathe, you
might start thinking about your child's future. When should I set up a college fund? Should I get additional life insurance? What about
writing a will? These are all important questions and I will deal with the latter in this blog. Having a baby, like any life-changing event,
is a perfect time to re-evaluate your situation. Whether it's the birth of a child, a divorce, or the death of a family member, your life will
never be the same. These are the times to think about both your financial and legal situation. From a legal perspective, the birth of a
child means not only an additional beneficiary, but also the need to plan for the unexpected. If both parents should die, who would
care for the child? This is the time for a serious discussion with the other parent. If the unthinkable happens and you failed to put
your choice in a proper legal document, there could be a serious conflict between family members. Grandma and Aunt Mary may
both believe they are the obvious and only choice. But would that be in the child's best interest? Is that what you would have
wanted? Who decides? Unfortunately, it would be the judge, a complete stranger. That is not who should make such a critical
decision. It should be you and your spouse or partner. An expensive court battle over the custody of your child is the last thing you
would want to leave your grieving family. The solution, which is relatively easy, is to draft a simple will naming an agreed-upon
person to assume the roles of personal guardian and trustee. The guardian has physical custody of your child should you die before
your child reaches majority age (currently 18 in Missouri) and the trustee handles your child's finances. It can be the same person,
but does not have to be. You can also name back-ups for those appointments. The loving aunt who your child adores may be terrible
with finances, so choose carefully. It will probably never be needed, but if it is, you want your child to be in the best hands possible
........ the ones you chose.
Attorney Sally Rajnoha