When creating your estate plan, you will need to appoint a guardian for the care of your minor child. This will allow you to make sure that your child is always cared for, loved, and protected. If you’re having trouble making this difficult decision, take a look at some of the information below. This will help you carefully consider your options. If you have any questions about choosing a guardian, or if you’re ready to discuss your estate planning needs, meet with an estate planning attorney.
Ask yourself the following…
- Will the guardian be able to provide the full level of care and support that your child deserves?
- Does he or she have the time needed to commit to all of the responsibilities of the job?
- Does your child feel loved and respected by this individual?
- Will your guardian love and care for your child as if your child were his or her own?
- Does your child have specific needs that must be met?
- Is your guardian in full understanding of the duties that may exist in the future?
- Do you completely trust this individual?
- Will this individual encourage relationships with extended family and family friends?
- Would your child have a similar life if he or she were raised by this guardian?
- Why are you considering this individual as a guardian for your child?
- Would your child approve of your decision?
- Why is this person better than any other potential individuals?
It’s important to really think abut this choice. While you shouldn’t choose a guardian quickly, you definitely need to make the decision and get it in writing. Be sure to name a back up guardian in case your primary guardian is unable or unwilling to serve, and get their permission before appointing them.
If you need help choosing a guardian, or if you’d like to begin your estate plan, consult with a qualified estate planning attorney.