Planning for the future with legal wills and estates is the responsible thing to do for your family. Though it can be challenging, this is also the right time to begin thinking about establishing guardianship for your children in the event you pass away. Doing so ensures they will be raised by someone you chose rather than leaving it up to the court to decide. No matter how confident you are in your choice, it can be a difficult conversation to have, considering its significance. Here are a few tips for navigating the discussion successfully.
A Guide to Asking About Guardianship
1. Explain Why You Chose Them
Begin the conversation by letting the person know why you'd like them to be guardian of your children. Explain all the qualities that you feel make them a good fit. At first, they may be overwhelmed with the idea of filling your shoes, but pointing out the attributes you think make them capable can help them realize their potential. Bring up the values you share and discuss your admiration for the relationship they currently have with your kids.
2. Address the Financial Responsibility
Raising children is expensive. Thus, a major concern regarding guardianship is making sure there are enough financial resources to add more kids to a household. To help ease any fears about finances, make sure you talk about the steps you’ve taken to continue providing for your kids, such as purchasing a life insurance policy or setting up a trust.
3. Don’t Pressure Them for an Immediate Answer
Finally, give the person some time to think about your proposal before demanding an answer. Becoming a guardian is a significant responsibility, and they may need to talk it over with their spouse or go over all the logistics of how their life would change before they can give you a response. Let them know you don’t expect an immediate answer, and you’ll respect their decision regardless of what it is.
The only way to make sure your guardianship wishes will be honored should you pass away is to put them in a written will. The Law Office of J. Baron Groshon can help you draft and execute a valid document that clearly states who you designate as guardian of your children. Backed by nearly 30 years of legal experience, this attorney offers effective estate planning strategies to help the residents of Charlotte, Concord, Gastonia, and Lake Norman, NC protect their loved ones’ future. Call (704) 342-2876 to schedule a consultation, or visit him online to learn more about his services.