If you have minor children, then probably the most important decision that you’ll have to make with regard to your estate plan is who should take care of your minor children if you die. When deciding who to name as the guardian, many people are at a loss when trying to choose among family members and friends. When selecting the right person you probably want to consider the following:
- Residence of this person;
- Religious, political and moral beliefs of this person;
- Parenting styles of this person;
- Age of this person;
- Current family situation of this person;
- Financial situation of the person;
- Talking to this person to see if they would be willing and able to take on this role.
You also do not want to forget listing a contingent guardian in case the first person you name is unwilling or unable to serve. You do not want a judge to make this very important decision on your behalf.
Appointing a guardian for a minor child is a personal decision. Give our offices a call to schedule an appointment with any one of our highly qualified estate planning attorneys so that they can guide you in making with the right decision.