Tips for Selecting the Best Legal Guardian for Minor Children
Thinking about what might happen if you are no longer there to care for your children can be one of the most difficult things to consider. However, it’s important to plan for this worst-case scenario to ensure you protect your kids as best you can. This means selecting a legal guardian for your children in the event of your early passing.
If you die without a will or a chosen guardian, the state of Florida will select one for you based on who it believes to be the best fit for your children. As a parent, you surely know better than the state when it comes to who should raise your kids, which is why it’s so important to make this decision as part of your estate planning.
The following are a few questions to consider as you make this key decision:
- Is the guardian a legal adult (at least 18 years old)?
- Does the person have a good relationship with your children?
- Is the person willing to serve as a guardian in the event of your passing?
- Has the person shown a level of responsibility, trustworthiness and care that makes him or her suited for guardianship of your children?
- Would the person be able to afford taking care of your children?
- Does the person share the same general ethics, values, religious beliefs and morals as you?
- Does the person share the same type of parenting and disciplinary style as you?
- Will the person take care of all of your children, or will you need to find a different guardian for each child?
These are just a few questions to should consider while determining who will be your children’s guardian in the event of your passing. For further guidance on this issue, consult a dedicated Florida estate planning attorney with The Charles Law Office.