If you’re considering becoming a legal guardian, you’ve probably got a lot on your mind. While there are many reasons to become the guardian of a child or children within many different situations, it is an extensive process that involves many steps and (a lot of) paperwork.
To help guide you through this strenuous but often rewarding process, we’ve created a 4-step process that details the basic steps you’ll need to take from the beginning to the end of your guardianship process.
If you’re interested in naming someone the guardian of your child or children or you want to become a guardian yourself, there are a number of steps to take and it’s a good idea to learn what you need before you get started. In all issues of custody over a child or children, the court seeks what is best for the child first and foremost. You’ll need to be able to show the court that you can provide that.
As you probably already know, a trust is a fiduciary agreement that allows a third party or trustee to hold assets on behalf of a beneficiary. Trusts are used in many ways and can specify exactly how and when the assets pass to beneficiaries. One type of trust that is especially useful is a special needs trust, also referred to as a supplemental needs trust.
It would be nice and much easier for everyone if this blog post was one sentence long and simply told you the exact amount of time probate takes in the state of Oklahoma. However, probate is an extensive process, and the length depends on the complexity of the probate estate and the ease of the litigation involved regarding asset distribution and the payment of debts.
A donor-advised fund, also known as a DAF, is a great way to donate to various charitable organizations without going through mountains of paperwork, all the while minimizing your taxes through deductions. It also offers tremendous flexibility for post-death giving, specifically if the DAF is funded while you’re still alive.
Everyone knows the only truly certain aspect of life is uncertainty. But that doesn’t mean you don’t have any control. Whether you’re in your early twenties or you’re getting closer to retirement age, it’s never too early – or too late – to start considering what will happen to your belongings and estate when you’re gone.
This month, we’re writing all about child custody to help you better understand the various processes and outcomes associated with it. We’ve already written posts about the different types of custody, from legal to physical to sole and joint.
Cases of child custody are incredibly complex, involving many factors and leading to a variety of outcomes. If you haven’t already read our prior blog posts on custody, you should know before continuing that there are many different types of custody, from joint to sole, physical to legal.
In the case of a divorce or separation, children are one of the most important yet complicated aspects. Especially in a difficult, emotional case, the custody of your child or children can easily become a point of contention. Before beginning your court proceedings, it’s good to have an idea of the possible outcomes. If you’re seeking joint custody, there are still plenty of pieces to figure out. Here are some things to know before you get started.