The Guardians+ Plan for Minor Children contains a set of instructions, legal documents and even an ID card for your wallet, that together with your LifeLadder Estate Plan, provide the best available guarantee that your children will be cared for according to your wishes.
Every LifeLadder Estate Plan is specifically designed to achieve your objectives, but typically includes the following:
This is your opportunity to legally name individuals to care for your minor children if you were no longer able to do so. Temporary Guardians could take interim custody of your children in a family emergency so that Child Protective Services would not have to keep them while the permanent guardian arrives.
If there is someone who you would want to be excluded from consideration as your child’s guardian, you can legally document your objections through a Confidential Exclusion of Guardian form.
LifeLadder will prepares specific emergency instructions for caregivers (i.e. babysitters) and named guardians, so that your children’s support network in such a difficult moment is on the same page and carrying out your wishes.
The Children’s Healthcare Profile is an important record of your children’s allergies, medical issues, preferred healthcare providers, insurance coverage, and any opinions you may have on methods of treatment.
Whenever you leave your child overnight with a caregiver, you should consider granting them a temporary Medical Power of Attorney. With this document, the caregiver could make necessary medical decisions for your child, including emergency treatment.
The ID card will alert first responders that you have minor children waiting for you and list the names and contact information of your chosen temporary guardians.