Estate Planning After your First Child Arrives

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When young couples expect their first child, the to-do list never seems to end. From lining up in-home help to managing hectic daily schedules, the process can prove daunting. Then there's financial planning. Financial advisors often urge parents-to-be to prepare by budgeting for the future. They might need well over $250,000 to fund a child's upbringing until age 17. The best financial advisors also raise clients' awareness about the ultimate grim question: What would happen to your child if you die?

Young couples are advised to see an estate planning attorney in “When Couples Have Their First Baby, Advisors Deliver,”from Investor's Business Daily. The estate-planning attorney will help them address guardianship issues, draft a living will, and other related matters. Some people are reluctant to meet with an attorney. But ask yourself, "Do you want your in-laws to raise your child?" That question should make you want to designate a preferred guardian.

Life insurance and long-term disability coverage become very important. Some folks believe they are covered because they have disability insurance at work. This may not be enough.

Don't let financial stress add to the stress of raising a child. Sit down with a qualified estate planning attorney and go over some of the important issues that now must be addressed as you start your family.

Reference: Investor's Business Daily (September 12, 2015) “When Couples Have Their First Baby, Advisors Deliver”

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