Designate a Guardian for Your Children in Your Will If you have young children, the last thing that you want to think about is what will happen to them if you pass away before they reach the age of majority. Even if you are young and healthy, a car crash or other accident can end your life prematurely. To provide for the care of your children in case of an unfortunate event, you should declare a Guardian for them in your Will. If you do not choose a Guardian, then it will be up to a Probate Court to make the decision. An Indiana Probate Court will carefully examine your children's best interests and attempt to appoint the most appropriate Guardian. However, the proceedings themselves may not be in your children's best interests. The Court might have to choose between multiple sets of grandparents or other relatives all battling for Guardianship. This often requires a Court to have social workers interview the children and can make the children feel like they are choosing between family members. For a young child, it is not a comfortable position to be in. Avoiding the possibility of a Probate Court appointing a Guardian is one of the most important things that you can do for your children. The hope is that the Guardianship provisions in your Will are never needed. If they are, however, your children will be very thankful that you thought to include them. Experienced estate planning attorneys Crown Point IN of the John M. O'Drobinak P.C. offers estate planning and business planning resources to residents of Crown Point, IN. To learn more about these free resources, please visit www.odrobinaklaw.com/ today.
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