When most people think about their Last Will and Testament, they think about a division of their wealth after death. While your Will certainly does accomplish that goal, it can do other things as well such as nominate a guardian for your minor children. In the event that neither you nor the child’s other parent is able to care for the child, this person will do so, meaning that your choice of guardian should be made after careful consideration and deliberation. Consider the following tips when choosing your guardian.
- Is your guardian willing to accept the position? Don’t ever assume the answer is “yes.” Take the time to discuss the matter with a potential guardian.
- Does your guardian live close by? The death of a parent can be traumatic. If possible, choose a guardian that lives close by so that your child will not also have to deal with being uprooted and moved to a new city and school.
- How well does your child know the guardian? Again, your child will likely be dealing with the trauma of losing one, or both, parents. If possible, choose someone as guardian that your child already knows and is comfortable with.
- Is your guardian capable of handling the responsibilities? This is a loaded question. Capable includes the emotional, physical and financial aspects of raising a child. Although you can help with the financial aspect, your guardian must otherwise be capable.
- Do you share the same parenting philosophies? Although this may not be an essential factor, the closer your parenting styles are the easier the transition will be for your child.