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Mistakes to avoid when appointing a guardian for your child

On Behalf of | Aug 9, 2022 | Estate Planning

No parent wants to imagine a situation where someone else assumes a full parenting role over their child. Unfortunately, life is uncertain. If you have minor children, it is in their best interest (and yours) that you designate a guardian for them in your will.

Given the enormous responsibilities of a guardian, it is important that you do everything in your power to get every aspect of this designation right. Here are crucial mistakes you need to steer clear of when choosing a guardian for your little ones.

Failing to have a backup plan

Have you thought about what would happen if your designated guardian passes on, becomes incapacitated or is unavailable due to relocation or long-term incarceration? By having a “backup plan,” you are preparing yourself for this possibility. This is always a prudent move as it will give you more control over your child’s well-being should things fail to go to plan.

Failing to leave clear instructions on your child’s upbringing

Of course, one of the most important considerations when choosing a guardian is their moral values and parenting style. But what if you have a specific school you want your child to attend? Clearly dictating your wishes can go a long way in ensuring that they are honored should something happen to you. Never leave anything to chance.

Appeasing family

Designating family as your child’s guardian comes with multiple benefits. However, choosing Aunt Dorothy just because they are pressuring you to do so is never a brilliant idea. No matter the nature of your relationship with them, never designate a guardian that you are not certain will honor your wishes. This is a decision that will greatly impact your child. Do not let yourself be swayed.

The importance of appointing a guardian for your child cannot be overstated. Find out how you can choose a guardian who will act in the best interest of your child.