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How do I do estate planning for my minor children?

Austin, TX estates planning & probate attorney Kyle Robbins talks about estate planning for your minor children.

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if you have a minor child
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you need a trust you don’t ever want to
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designate a minor child as the
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beneficiary of something like
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a life insurance policy or a brokerage
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account
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the reason is is because miners what are
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they going to do how do they spend
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a hundred thousand dollar life insurance
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policy well they don’t
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what happens is the probate judge will
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have to take control of those assets
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he will have to appoint and man a
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guardian to manage the assets for the
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child
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the court will have to make sure that
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that guardian is paid a percentage of
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the assets
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and they have to come back in once a
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year and give an accounting to the judge
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about every
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penny that’s been spent as well as get
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an approved budget for every penny going
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forward for the next year
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it’s time consuming it’s burdensome and
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it’s expensive it costs
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thousands of dollars to do that can all
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be
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easily avoided if you have set up a
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trust for your children
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you designate the trust as the
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beneficiary of the financial assets
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and you decide who you want to be the
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trustee
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to manage those assets for your children
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until they turn
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a certain age which you know and
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guardianships for minors
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they get access to every penny the day
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they turn 18.
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when we’re setting and designing an
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estate plan we might
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make it a little bit older than that so
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those are the different types of things
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that we decide
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when we’re planning for a minor but you
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never want to designate a minor as the
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beneficiary

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