Guardians for your minor children must usually be named in a will or a separate guardian nomination document. If you fail to appoint guardians, the court will decide who raises your children. For parents of minor children, this is the most important estate planning decision you’ll ever make.
Even though it’s hard and no one can raise your children as well as you can, move forward, put a plan in place and select the guardians you think will muddle through the best and provide your children with the love they will deserve. Some people delay estate planning because they can’t make this decision. Don’t do that; your inaction puts your children at risk.
And, be sure to name back-up guardians as well in case your first choice is unable to serve if the time comes. It’s essential that you name contingent guardians in case your primary guardians are unable or unwilling to serve. Life does indeed change, so be sure to also indicate who get the kids if guardians divorce. Check in with the people you’d like to name to be sure they’re willing and able to serve.
If you need help nominating guardians for your minor children, please contact our office to get started. Now is the time to get this crossed-off your to-do list and get your kids protected.