Choosing a Guardian for Your Children

What would happen to your child or children if you and your spouse both passed away unexpectedly? This topic is something most parents do not like to consider, and perhaps because of the difficult emotional implications of the subject, the practical difficulties of making such a decision, or even the combination of the two, many parents do not get around to choosing who they would want to serve as the guardian of their child. Despite the difficulty of this conversation, planning for such an unlikely and difficult event could make matters much easier on your children and other loved ones should the need arise.

Considerations for Guardianship

When you and your spouse—or the legal guardian of your children—consider who you would name as guardian, the following factors are some important items to consider:

  • Values – does the person you are considering as a guardian share the values that are central to the way that you view life?
  • Life stage – it may be tempting to consider your parents as guardians, but it may be more wise to choose people who are your age or younger, such as your child’s aunts or uncles.
  • Finances – the person or couple you choose should have the resources to care for your child, possibly for many years.
  • Character & history – the courts may take issue with an appointed guardian who has a history of arrest or other difficulties.

Finally, talk it over with the potential guardians. Give them some time and space to consider their decision; it could be a very important one someday. Also, in some cases, it may help to speak with a qualified estate planning attorney to make sure that what you put into writing will stand up in the court of law.

Contact Us

The Houston wills attorneys of Garg & Associates, P.C., understand the difficulty and the importance of decisions such as this. Let us help you make sure that your legal decisions remain valid in court. Contact us today at 800-242-2151.

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