As Your Kids Become “Adults,” Make Sure They Sign These Documents

With high school graduation coming up, many parents have and will soon watch their children become adults (at least in the eyes of the law) and leave home to pursue their education and career goals. Turning 18, graduating high school, and moving out is a huge accomplishment. And  it also comes with some serious responsibilities that probably aren’t at the forefront of their (or your) mind right now. Once your Read More

Same-Gender Couples Still Face Legal Challenges Over Parental Rights—But Protections Via Estate Planning (Outside of Adoption) Are Available

In 2015, when the Supreme Court ruled that same-gender couples had the right to marry, the LGBTQ community celebrated a huge victory. With the issue of marriage settled, it looked as if same-gender couples were finally going to have equal standing with heterosexual couples in the eyes of the law. But while same-gender couples now have nearly all of the same matrimonial rights as heterosexual couples, there is one Read More

Growing Family? Time to Audit Your Insurance Policies

If you have a growing family, there is lots to prepare for and consider. Welcoming a new family member can be a joyous occasion, and requires some planning. Adding a new family member can affect your finances and create a need for more protections. Reassessing your insurance coverage might not be at the top of your list, but policies should always be audited when changes in your family life occur to ensure your Read More

Your Rights as the Parent of a Young Adult – What You Need to Know When a Medical Crisis Hits

As a parent of an young adult, you are most likely quite accustomed to managing the legal and medical affairs of your children, as circumstances require. If your child requires urgent medical attention while away from you, a simple phone call authorizing care usually can do the trick. But what happens when those “children” turn 18, and are now adults in the eyes of the law, and need of urgent medical attention far Read More

Announcing Wicked Smart Parents.com!

The Parents Estate Planning Law Firm, PC is proud to announce the launch of our new resource hub for local parents, Wicked Smart Parents! We’ve been working with parents for many, many years. Though we're meeting with them first and foremost to develop comprehensive estate plans, as "plugged-in" local professionals-and as parents ourselves- Paula and I will often be asked by our clients and partners who have Read More

Five Reasons To Never Give An Outright Inheritance To Your Children – and What to Do Instead!

If you’re like me, you want to leave an inheritance for your children. It’s likely part of what you are working so hard to do. But, far too often, the way we leave those inheritances actually does more harm than good. Something no parent wants. Giving outright ownership of our assets to the kids could put everything you’ve worked so hard to leave behind at risk. Why, how and what can you do about it? Let me share Read More

Getting Kindergarten Ready – Setting your Child Up for Schoolroom Success

by Ann-Bailey Lipsett, M.Ed., of Lipsett Learning Connection Kindergarten is one of the most exciting years of our children’s lives! They are beginning their educational journey, and are excited about every piece of their new world, from riding the bus to meeting new friends. For parents, it can be a bit more nerve racking. We wonder if our child is ready, if he or she will listen to the teacher, or share with the Read More

Build Your Child’s Back-to-School Resilience to Support Their Ultimate Success

If you are like most parents, your primary objective is to support your children to be prepared to handle the pressures of adulthood. If you have wondered what the most important thing you can do now to support your child is, this article has answers and they may not be what you think: If there is one human trait which helps to navigate all of life’s stages, it is resilience. Resilience is the ability to bounce Read More

Five Valuable Traits a Child Can Learn from Working Parents

Those of us who work sometimes feel that we are doing our children a disservice. Sure, we bring home a paycheck that benefits our children, but we may miss their activities and other aspects of their daily lives. This can be especially true in two-earner families. But in addition to greater financial security, our jobs provide opportunities for our children to learn many other life skills that they can use throughout Read More

5 Financial Planning Tips for Expecting Parents

by guest blogger,  Kristin McFarland, of Darrow Wealth Management There’s a lot to do when you’re expecting a child. But before you plan the baby shower, consider these tips for a fiscally friendly family. Many new parents are caught off guard by new financial obligations. If you’re expecting a child or looking to grow the family, it’s important to start preparing now. Get started with these financial tips for new Read More