Being a parent is a lifetime job: from the moment you find out you’re going to become a mom or dad, your main concern will be to look after this young person and to help them grow up happy, healthy and safe. As they grow older, concerns change from colics and scraped knees to education and legal protection, and this is where we have some advice for you.

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These are the main three things we recommend parents do for their children’s legal protection.

1. Research your options. 

Getting legal status in the US should be the first and foremost concern for both yourself and your child or children. Does your child qualify for any programs such as DACA? If they are already DACA recipients, are you on top of their DACA renewal dates?

The Internet is full of immigration information, and you can also visit Oklahoma City immigration offices to find out more about what they offer.

2. Get Help.

If you don’t have time to do your research, or the information you find is very hard to understand, you may want to seek immigration advice from a professional - booking a free immigration consultation is an excellent way to make sure you’re on top of immigration law and the best options for your family, which may include getting legal status through marriage, or talking to an immigration lawyer to apply for special programs.

We all like to think our children will never get in trouble with the law, but in case they ever end up being arrested or detained you should be ready to get your child a good criminal defense at once. A good lawyer may help get the charges dropped and even keep the incident off their record.

In short: when you don't know your legal options, talk to lawyers or immigration attorneys.

3. Have a plan written on paper... just in case.

We all dream of being there for our children until they grow up and leave, but life may have other plans. Be responsible and plan ahead for every eventuality, including your having to leave the country or passing away before time. Make a plan and write it down, and make sure some close relatives are aware of it.

You may even give a power of attorney to a designated family member to manage your estate and look after your children. Hopefully they will never need to use it, but it will be there just in case, and you’ll sleep better at night.

Being a good parent is more than making sure they eat their vegetables. Talk to a lawyer and find out all your options for protecting your children now and in the years to come.

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Michael Brooks-Jimenez

Written by Michael Brooks-Jimenez

Michael is President and managing attorney of Michael Brooks-Jimenez, P.C., firm specializing in immigration law, criminal defense, workers’ compensation, and personal injury. He is well known within the community and his commitment to the interests of the Hispanics is without question. Today, Michael Brooks-Jimenez has founded a prestigious legal services team with the objective to continue fighting for the rights of Hispanics and to help them more efficiently.