Should I Choose a Guardian for My Children?

Should I Choose a Guardia…

If you are the parent of a minor child, part of the estate planning process should involve choosing a guardian for your child. Although no one wants to consider the possibility of an accident or illness leading to premature death, planning ahead for this type of situation is likely to be beneficial for your child. After all, although you may want not to think about another person raising your child, you do want to be the one to make that choice for your child should it become unexpectedly necessary. The younger your child, the more essential it is to choose a guardian for him or her; a very young child will be unable to express any preferences or participate in decisions about his or her own care and upbringing.

Typically, the provision in a will naming a guardian for your child is fairly straightforward. You simply name the person or persons whom you would prefer to have custody of your child if both you and your spouse (or your child’s other parent) are deceased or otherwise incapable of caring for the child. You also may want to designate an alternate guardian or guardians, if your first choice is unable or unwilling to act as guardian for your child.

Aside from allowing you to make the decision about the guardian of your child, rather than someone else, including a guardian designation in your will also can prevent family strife. Unfortunately, some family members may be at odds with one another over who should serve as guardian for your child. By including a provision in your will that names a guardian, you potentially can prevent a family feud and make your wishes clearly known.

The estate planning attorneys of Legacy Law Center pride themselves on successfully guiding clients through the process of executing a will and other estate planning documents, as well through any other related matters that may arise, such as appointing a guardian for your children. We have the knowledge and resources to help you make the decisions that are best for you and your family. Don’t hesitate to call our Ann Arbor office today and learn how we can assist you.

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