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Estate Planning For Minor Children

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Estate Planning For Minor Children

Without a Plan You are Leaving Legal Mess for Your Family

  • If you don’t plan, Arkansas has written a plan for you
  • Without an estate plan, Arkansas will automatically use its default plan for your estate
  • Your family will pay the price in pain, expenses, time, and frustrations of probate and more legal messes
  • Leave an expensive and time consuming legal mess for your family to cleanup
  • You don’t decide gets what, when, how, and how much…a Judge does
  • If you’re suddenly incapacitated, and you can’t make decisions for yourself who will make those decisions for you?

It doesn’t have to be that way. 

Protect Your Minor Children With an Estate Plan

You get to decide who will manage their money, what it is used for, and when they get it. You also get a say in who will raise your children…instead of a Judge alone.

Protect Your Home From the Nursing Home and Probate With an Estate Plan

Don’t give it all to a nursing home. Don’t lose a big chunk to probate. Know somebody you know and trust will be in charge when you can’t be.

Rest Easy & Stop Worrying When Your Estate Plan is Done

Your plan will give you peace of mind and confidence that you’ve done all you can to protect you, your family, and your money the best way possible.

We Understand…Estate Planning Seems Hard and Intimidating so We’re Here to Help

Estate planning can be intimidating and seem difficult. Not only are you forced to think about what happens when you die, but you also have to make potentially family and life altering decisions.

The good news is — it doesn’t have to be this way!

With a little help, you can be sure that your assets go to whom you want, when you want, and in the way that you want. I offer a free 15-minute call just to get to know each other and Discover if … and how … I can help you. Book a call now.

Estate Planning For Minor Children
Gary DeWitt Attorney At Law

 Your Guide to Success

I know first hand how hard it is to lose somebody and the headaches that follow. I know the importance of having a plan in place.

My father passed away of a sudden heart attack in 2010. Because of this, mom and I had to take the family ranch through probate – for the third time since 1975.  This was an extremely long and stressful process and it is the last thing that anyone wants to go through while they are mourning.

I decided then and there a better way must exist. And it does. That better way is an effective estate plan.

I’ve helped 1000’s of families avoid probate and other legal messes.

Janet Brown
September 4, 2023.
Had a very good experience with Gary and Winnie. They were very speedy and detailed in getting several documents in order for me. I would highly recommend this law firm.
Mary Orr
August 16, 2023.
DeWitt Law Firm helped me with my Estate Planning. They were so easy to talk to and very informative of my needs. I highly recommend them for anyone looking for help planning their Estate or preparing a will.
Michael Knight
August 16, 2023.
In this fast lane era, where time is money, I worry that folks don't appreciate down to Earth direct talk. Only a few professionals will give you some honest minutes of genuine help. I know that answering machines, short attention spans, lack of interest, indifference, and failure to listen are today's reality. But today I got a friendly, attentive receptionist, who answered the phone, and sounded like my neighbor across the street. A few hours later after lunchtime, Mr Dewitt texted me directly with an enlightening conversation that made my day. He reminded me of my family Doctor. He gave me a referral to a more specialized appropriate attorney. To me, this gentleman was like a diamond in the rough.
Richard Stuart
August 12, 2023.
Gary and his staff are very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. I was the personal representative for my aunt’s estate. She live over 400 miles away in Arkansas and Gary was her attorney. They made settling the estate, from a great distance away, very simple and easy. Gary communicated very well with me and helped me with the sale of the house, and everything else that was involved. Gary is so knowledgeable about estates, wills and trusts. We even made changes to our own estate affairs from what we learned from Gary. I highly recommend this office. They will take care of you!
James Barton
July 29, 2023.
Great, friendly advice. No pressure. They will tell you if you don't need their services. We became a client. Enough said.
Bonnie Gibson
May 25, 2023.
Great people. Helped me get my will done just the way I wanted and gave expert advice on doing things the right way. My family and I will feel so much more at ease now. Highly recommended.
John Krueger
May 4, 2023.
Gary is excellent. I highly recommend him to anyone.
William Smith
April 3, 2023.
Heard radio ad several years ago for DeWitt firm. Recently decided wisdom of setting up a trust for our estate. DeWitt has been most helpful, thorough and fee is very reasonable. We highly recommend.
Robert Shipe
March 30, 2023.
Gary was very easy to work with and walked me through the probate process. I live out of state and was able to handle everything remotely. Excellent communication and quickly answered any questions I had. Highly recommend!
Bill Durham
March 16, 2023.
Great people! Very experienced with constant communication. I highly recommend the DeWitt Law Firm.
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Estate Planning For Minor Children

Three Simple Steps – Leave Nothing to Chance

Start With a Free Meeting

we’ll get to know each other and discuss any concerns or special circumstances in your family, making sure nothing is overlooked.

Design & Review

From there, you’ll complete a simple but thorough form, from the comfort of your home. Based on your answers, we’ll draft custom documents and send them to you for review.

Rest Assured Your Wishes are Known

After making sure everything is just the way you want, we’ll file your documents appropriately so you can move forward with confidence and peace of mind.

Estate Planning – The Superior and Only Effective Way

Estate planning is the superior and the only effective way to protect what you have from the nursing home, avoid probate, and prepare for incapacity for your peace of mind and quality of life

Estate planning is about preparing for the management of your affairs and distribution of your assets during and after your lifetime. A great estate plan will minimize (or eliminate) taxes and other major expenses like probate and losing it all to a nursing home. A plan also prepares for any chance of incapacity in the future. Plans allow your family to act instead of react when time matters most.

A great plan answers these questions, and more:

  • Who will raise and care for my children if I can’t?
  • How can I save my house from the expenses of nursing home care and ravages of probate?
  • How can I make it easier on my family during already hard times by avoiding probate and other legal messes?
  • How do I assure who gets what, when, how, and how much and manage it wisely?
  • Who will manage my assets and affairs when I’m incapacitated?

As a parent, one of your top priorities is ensuring the well-being and security of your children. However, unforeseen circumstances can occur, and it is important to have a solid estate plan in place to ensure that your minor children are taken care of if something happens to you. In this article, we will explore the key elements of estate planning for minor children.

Introduction to Estate Planning for Minor Children

When it comes to estate planning, many people assume that it is only relevant to those with significant assets or complicated financial situations. However, estate planning is essential for anyone with minor children. If something were to happen to you and your spouse, you want to ensure that your children are taken care of according to your wishes.

Naming Guardians for Minor Children

One of the most important elements of estate planning for minor children is naming a guardian. This is the person or people who will assume responsibility for your children if you and your spouse are no longer able to care for them. Choosing a guardian can be a difficult decision, but it is important to consider factors such as the individual’s values, parenting style, and willingness to take on the responsibility.

Creating a Will

A will is a legal document that outlines your wishes for the distribution of your assets after you pass away. It is important to have a will in place, especially if you have minor children. In your will, you can name a guardian for your children, specify how your assets will be distributed, and name an executor to manage your estate.

Setting up a Trust

In addition to a will, it is important to consider setting up a trust for your minor children. A trust is a legal arrangement in which assets are managed by a trustee for the benefit of the beneficiaries. By setting up a trust, you can ensure that your children’s inheritance is protected and managed according to your wishes.

Establishing a Power of Attorney

A power of attorney is a legal document that gives someone else the authority to make decisions on your behalf if you become incapacitated or unable to make decisions. It is important to establish a power of attorney for both medical and financial decisions.

Life Insurance

Life insurance is an important consideration when it comes to estate planning for minor children. It can provide financial support for your children if something were to happen to you or your spouse. When choosing a life insurance policy, it is important to consider factors such as the amount of coverage needed and the length of the policy.

Letter of Instruction

A letter of instruction is a non-legal document that outlines your wishes for the care of your children. It can include information such as your children’s daily routine, medical information, and other important details that can help a guardian care for your children according to your wishes.

Considerations for Blended Families

If you have a blended family, estate planning can become more complicated. It is important to ensure that your estate plan reflects your wishes for the care of your children and the distribution of your assets. It is also important to communicate openly with all family members involved to avoid misunderstandings or conflicts.

Updating Your Estate Plan

Finally, it is important to remember that estate planning is an ongoing process. As your family grows and changes, it is important to review and update your estate plan regularly to ensure that it reflects your current wishes and circumstances.


Estate planning for minor children is an important consideration for any parent. By naming guardians, creating a will and trust, establishing a power of attorney, and considering other important factors, you can ensure that your children are taken care of according to your wishes if something were to happen to you. Remember to review and update your estate plan regularly to ensure that it reflects your current circumstances.

How to Get Started With Your Estate Plan

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