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The Importance of Designating a Guardian for Minor Children in Your Will

 Posted on March 07, 2023 in Estate Planning

Kane County Estate Planning LawyerA last will and testament is usually associated with the distribution of assets after a person's death. While instructions for asset distribution is an essential feature of any will, it is not the only purpose a will serves. A will also allows you to designate a guardian (or guardians) for minor children in the event that both parents pass away before the children are adults.

The designation of a guardian or guardians is an extremely important task, but it is one that many parents tend to put off. Understandably, it can be upsetting to think about who you would want to raise your children if you and the child's other parent pass away. However, it is still essential to make a decision. Without a designated guardian, the court will decide who raises your children, and this may not align with your wishes or expectations.

How to Choose the Right Guardian for Your Children

When selecting a guardian for minor children in your will, there are several factors to consider. It is important to select someone who has similar values and beliefs as you do, and who will prioritize the children's best interests. Consider whether the guardian lives in a place that you would want your child to grow up in and has enough financial stability to provide for their needs. Ask yourself, is this person emotionally and physically prepared for the task of raising a child? Is he or she willing to take on this responsibility? You may also want to consider appointing a backup guardian in case the first choice is unable to act as guardian.

Once you have a plan in place, it is important to make sure your wishes are clearly communicated in your will and updated as needed. Be sure to keep copies of all relevant documents and discuss your plans with the designated guardian(s). It is also wise to inform other family members and close friends about these decisions so that your wishes are respected in the event of an emergency.

Designating a guardian for minor children is an important part of any will, as it ensures that your children will be taken care of if something unexpected were to happen. By taking the time to make this decision now, you can rest assured that your children will be in the hands of someone you trust if something tragic were to happen.

Contact our Geneva Estate Planning Lawyer

Our Kane County estate planning attorney can help you draft a will that designates a guardian for your children, provides instructions for asset distribution upon your death, and ensures your wishes are followed. Call 630-448-2406 and set up a free initial consultation today.



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