If you have minor children, you make many crucial decisions on their behalf—however, the person you nominate to raise them in the event of your unfortunate passing is possibly the most significant choice of all. With so much at stake, this is rarely a straightforward choice, but you can make it much easier by first determining which characteristics you want your children’s caregiver to have. Here are a few to look for when vetting potential candidates for guardianship.
What Considerations Should Affect Your Choice of Guardian for Your Children?
1. Age & Physical Ability to Parent
Taking into account a person’s age and physical condition is crucial when deciding if they’re the best fit to assume guardianship. You want someone who is capable of keeping up with kids and is healthy enough to minimize the chances they will get sick or pass away before your children are old enough to be on their own. Your concerns should not just encompass physical health, but mental health as well.
2. Financial Suitability
While you might intend to leave money behind for your kids, young ones can still be expensive to raise. For example, the guardian in question may have to move homes to accommodate them. Therefore, you should make sure the person or people you have in mind not only have the desire—but the means—to support your children through whatever life throws their way.
3. Shared Values & Beliefs
When establishing guardianship, make sure whoever you appoint has similar morals and beliefs as your own. Their parenting style and views on education, religion, and politics will all help shape the adults your children will become. Thus, it’s important for a guardian to embody values you cherish and respect.
Once you’ve selected a guardian, put it in writing so the court knows your preferences. Whether you need to draft a new will or revise your current one, The Law Offices of Bromm, Lindahl, Freeman-Caddy & Lausterer can help ensure your final wishes regarding guardianship are clearly stated. They have proudly served the residents of Wahoo, NE, for more than 125 years, providing reliable estate planning advice and guidance to countless families in the community. Call (402) 443-3225 to arrange a consultation or visit their website to learn more about how they can assist.