Well hello, Me-maw, Granda, Papa, Pops, grandma, grandpa, or whatever other adorable name they call you as a caregiving grandparent. Let’s get right to it. Here are three things you should know about your legal relationship with your grandchild.

1. Do grandparents have a right to the child?

Grandparents only have rights if the parents allow them to.
Though they are not granted naturally, a grandparent can establish their rights by becoming a guardian of the child or by adopting the child.

2. Is my grandchild already a benefactor in my estate?

With no will and no trust, your spouse and your children would be the first considered in probate court. The will, on the other hand, allows you to be the decider. If you want a say in the process, then consider some estate planning options such as a will or trust.

3. What options do I have to establish a legal role in my grandchild’s life?

Caregivers often need legal authority to properly take care of a child. Each situation is different and each has a different answer. If the role you play in your grandchild’s life could use that legal authority you have a few options. If you would like to learn about these options, click here.

Being a grandparent is a special role to play in the life of a child. We know that often grandparents are asked to play many other roles as a child grows. If you have questions about your legal relationship with your grandchild, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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