Living Will

Danielle - posted on 04/19/2011 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I have two children ages 4 and 7. Last yr I had a scare with cervical cancer so my husband and I took out life insurance on ourselves. We sat my brother and his girlfriend down the other night and asked them to become their legal guardians in the event of our death. Although they hated the conversation they did agree to take our kids and raise them as their own. We have to go have the papers written up but it's going to be a few weeks due to us moving. Now I'm anxious due to the fact that it's not on paper. If we pass, then our kids will have close to a million dollars put in a trust fund. I'm scared that something may happen to us before then and when other family members find out they have that much money, they will fight my brother for them. We picked them to be guardians for a reason. I know they will not seperate my children and I trust them and they know how I want my kids to be raised. My question is can I put it on paper (personally, without a lawyer) and that hold up until we can go have it legalized. Should I tell someone else about the agreement so there is a wittness to the agreement?

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Sherry - posted on 04/19/2011

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Have a guardian agreement form for you all to fill out...do not sign it until you are in front of a notary at your bank so they can witness it and then notarize it. You all must sign it in front of the notary though.

Shannon - posted on 04/19/2011

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There is a website you can use, print off the papers and have them notorized until getting to your laawyer, this is for all the US.

http://liv-will1.uslivingwillregistry.co...

I hope this helps..... I have had something in place for my kids since my husband and i got married. I felt the same way before everything was settled, you will be fine, just relax and enjoy life to the fullest.

Nikki - posted on 04/19/2011

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Check your state law. sometimes you can use a notary for guardianship agreements. If you can't find any information, call the courthouse, you might be able to do the same with your will.

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