The Importance of Having a Will for your Children

With all the hype surrounding all of the twos last month, it made me think about the terrible twos and those of us with minor children.

No matter what stage our children are in, parents know their needs better than anyone else. As parents, we should be the ones to decide how to best meet those needs, whether we’re here to take care of our children ourselves or not. If you and the other parent of a child die, it is imperative to have a Will where you decide who will serve as the guardian of your minor child(ren). Without it, a court will decide who is “best suited” to care for them.

Not only could this take a very long time and become very expensive, but it could easily create enemies among your living family members (who may feel they are better suited than the others to care for your children). Your children need you to make that choice for them the same way they need you to help them through those terrible twos, pick them up from soccer practice, and teach them why the music of your generation is better than theirs. The best way to do so is to create a Last Will and Testament.

The attorneys at Compass Law Partners can help you through this process to make sure your children are in the best hands in the event you aren’t able to be with them in their formative years.

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Daily Record’s Power 40 in Government & Lobbying: Hannah Garagiola

These are the 40 whom we believe are the most powerful in the state.
the Daily Record

Author: Daily Record Staff
February 25, 2022

Hannah Powers Garagiola
President and CEO
Compass Government Relations Partners

Since 2018, Hannah Powers Garagiola has served as president and CEO of Compass Government Relations Partners, a government relations practice that represents Fortune 500 corporations, trade associations, and nonprofits across sectors. She has more than 13 years of experience as a private sector lobbyist and is a graduate of St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

What is your proudest professional accomplishment?

I was the lead lobbyist in passing the Clean Energy Jobs Act. The bill increased Maryland’s Renewable Portfolio Standard to 50% by 2030. My work on the bill started far before the 2019 legislative session. I convened a legislative coalition comprised of environmental and climate justice advocacy organizations, renewable energy developers, trade associations, labor and faith groups.

What’s the most important life lesson you learned?

There are always going to be setbacks or tough days, and you just need to get through those days by focusing on the bigger and more complete picture. Wallowing in each tiny negative thing that happens is not productive and as a team leader you need to lead your team with optimism and focus.

What do you do for fun and why?

My family and I live in Annapolis. We love the water, the town itself, the seafood and obviously the politics. As much as we love to travel there is no place like home.

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