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  • Writer's pictureYaacov Epstein, Adv.

Ensuring the Security of Your Children's Future Part II

20 young children in Israel have suddenly been left ๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ต๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ด through the horrors of the Israel massacre. Last week we explained the Courtโ€™s role in appointing a legal guardian in such cases, but what can ๐’š๐’๐’– do to ensure the future of your children in the event that, Heaven forbid, a legal guardian must be chosen for them? As we know too well unfortunately, tragedies can come in all sorts of ways.

Well actually, as I said in the last post, the final decision here really lies in the hands of the Family Court, so it's not actually within the power of the parent to ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ด๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ %100 who the guardian would be (not to mention that the person you want to serve as guardian may anyways be unable or unwilling to in the end).

There ๐˜ช๐˜ด, however, one simple and straightforward step you can take: state your choice of guardian/s in a legal will.

It's still not entirely simple though...

Below are some key tips to help enhance the probability that the Court will indeed appoint the guardian that you request for your child.

๐Ÿ‘‰Hereโ€™s the main point to be aware of: it's not enough to merely state in the will ๐™ฌ๐™๐™ค you choose as legal guardianโ€“itโ€™s recommended to ๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ข๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐™ฌ๐™๐™ฎ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜จ๐˜ถ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ฅ.

When the Judges and Social Workers involved seek out a legal guardian, their starting point is to see what the parent of the child wrote in their will.

And a few more important tips:

๐Ÿ‘‰Confirm ahead of time with your preferred guardian that he/she is indeed fully willing & capable of taking on this weighty role.

๐Ÿ‘‰Once you're at it, set up a backup guardian as wellโ€“confirm with the person in advance and express it in your will that your wish is for him/her to be the guardian in case the first choice doesnโ€™t work out.

๐Ÿ‘‰By default, the same person chosen to serve as the child's guardian will also be given charge over the child's estate. If you would like to have one person as the general guardian for the child and someone else to be in charge of their estateโ€“express this in the will.

As the current events of the war in Israel are brutally reminding us, we can't take tomorrow for granted; reaching out to your lawyer to plan these steps for securing your children's future is one of the most significant steps we can take now as responsibleย parents.

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