If you are still young, you likely haven’t thought much about an estate plan. You haven’t had much time to accumulate assets. And you don’t expect to pass away anytime soon.

However, if you have started a family, you may want to take steps to protect your loved ones. If an illness or accident takes you away, you don’t want to leave their fate up to chance. A solid estate plan can cover the needs of your children and spouse if you’re not around.

Naming a guardian for your children

One of the most important documents you can fill out for your family is a will. You may only think of a will as a way to pass along your assets. But if you have young children, you can use a will to name a guardian. If you and your spouse are no longer around, you can ensure your kids stay in the care of someone you trust.

When you fill out your will, you should discuss the nomination with your preferred guardian. You can make sure they are up to the task of raising your children.

Ensuring your family has enough money to survive

If you’re no longer around, your family will need to pay for bills without your paycheck. By taking out a life insurance policy, you can ensure that the benefits take care of any financial issues. The policy can continue to support them even if you aren’t there.

An estate plan protects your family if you can’t

You expect to be around and supporting your family for many years. And you may not like thinking about what will happen if you pass away. But accidents and illnesses may take you away from your spouse and children. Having a plan in place makes sure you don’t have to worry about what will happen to your family.