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    You and Your Family

    Do I need a guardian if my parents die?


    A guardian is a person who takes the place of your parents. He or she has the same responsibilities as your mother or father, including caring for you and your social, educational, and medical needs. Likewise, you have an obligation to obey and respect your …

    Can I keep what my uncle left me in his will?


      A lot depends on the nature of the gift or bequest, your age, and your level of maturity. For example, if you′re nine years old when Uncle Austin leaves you his car,  it may sit in the garage for a few years. If you or …

    What if my parents die without a will?


    If your parents die with a will (testate), their property goes to those persons, organizations, or causes named in the will. The law doesn′t require that parents leave everything—or even anything— to their children. Property may be left as the testator chooses. The only way …

    What is a will? Can I write one for myself?


    Because of your age and active life, the idea of a will or inheritance may be the last thing on your mind. There′s always the possibility, however, that you may be on the receiving end of a will (as a beneficiary).You may also own property …

    Can my parents keep me from watching certain TV shows?


      There′s an ongoing debate about the effect of media violence on young people. Numerous studies indicate a strong relationship between media exposure and the increasingly aggressive behavior and attitude of some teens. Young children in particular are highly impressionable and often fail to distinguish …

    Can my parents force me to follow their religion?


    The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees all Americans freedom of religion. This right is not limited to adults. Children and teenagers enjoy the same right, which is balanced with the fundamental rights of parents to raise their children without government interference. What this means for …

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