Don’t Vacation Until Your Family Is Protected

Parenting is a tough job, with an ongoing list of things to do and never enough time in which to do them.  The school days are laden with frantic employment; lunches and homework, field trips and afterschool activities.  Most parents barely have a chance to catch their breath until they fall into bed at the end of the day.  Who has time to think about estate planning?

Once the summer months roll around the temptation to relax into a cool pool with a tall iced-tea can be overwhelming, especially when you know that busy family vacation is coming up soon.

Tempting as it may be to put off your estate planning for just one more week or month, the best thing you can do—for yourself and for your family—is to dig in and call your attorney right now.  The high-travel time of summer is full of potential danger, and you’ll feel much more relaxed on your family vacation if you know you’ve taken steps to provide for your children with a trust and nomination of guardians if something happens to you.

Even putting aside potential travel dangers, summer is a busy time in hospitals right here at home, with heat stroke, poisonous animal bites or insect stings, not to mention bone-breaks and muscle strains.  Any hospital visit will be made much smoother if you have an updated Health Care Directive and HIPAA in place.

Take advantage of these slower days of summer to protect your family and give yourself peace of mind.  All of your summer activities will be more enjoyable when you know you have a safety net in place for your spouse and children should something happen to you.  If you don’t act now those busy autumn school days are just around the corner, waiting to fill your leisure hours with frantic activities once more.