Don’t Forget to Choose a Guardian for Your Children Do you have minor children? If so, you should name a guardian for your children right away. A guardian is someone you pick to care for your children in case you and your spouse should become disabled or die. This important decision should be documented in your estate plan. If You Don’t Have a Guardian Plan If you don’t name a guardian for your children one of two worst case scenarios could occur. First, if several family members wish to take your children in, a custody battle could ensue and affect your children’s happiness and well-being. Second, no one may be willing to act as guardian, and your children could be placed in foster care. Naming a Guardian It is important to take plenty of time in your decision making process. First, make a list of everyone you can think of who have caregiver qualities that you value. Include both family members and friends of the family in your list. Next, narrow down your list of names based upon what attributes are most important to you. Choosing your parents or your spouse’s parents may be good, since grandparents will bring maturity to the job. Beware, though, older guardians may have some physical trouble that hinders caregiver duties. You may also want to consider family members who already have children of their own. You will know their parenting style and what values and morals they treasure. Be sure, though, that asking someone with children to be your guardian will not be too much of a burden with their current parenting duties. It is best to narrow your list down to no fewer than three couples or individuals. This gives you people to fall back upon if your chosen guardian is unwilling or unavailable. Update Your Choice Each time you review your estate plan, be sure to speak with your chosen guardian to make sure he or she is still willing and able to care for your children in the event of an emergency. It is also vital to review the back-up guardians you have listed to ensure they are still available as well. For more information on Choosing A Guardian For Your Children, go to Experienced estate planning attorneys Atlanta GA of the Pyke & Associates P.C. offers estate planning and business planning resources to residents of Atlanta GA. To learn more about these free resources, please visit http://www.cpyke.com today.
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