how to choose a guardian

How to Choose a Guardian for Your Children: 5 Questions to Ask

In Estate Planning, Guardianships by casalmorenoblog

When you have minor children, one of the most important things you’ll have to decide is who will take care of them when you’re gone. When thinking about how to choose a guardian, you’ll need to consider many different aspects of your potential caregivers’ situations before coming to a decision.

Here are a few questions to ask before choosing.

Would They Make a Good Parent?

Whether your chosen guardian is a parent already or not, you should think about what kind of parent they would make for your children. Think about your potential guardian’s views on discipline. Do they align with your own? If they have children of their own, observe how they interact with their kids. If they don’t have any kids, think about how they interact with your kids when they are together. Another thing to consider is how your potential guardians were raised as this can influence how they will shape themselves as parents.

How Old Are They?

Age is a critical factor to think about when considering how to choose a guardian for your children. Older guardians might be in a better position to take care of your kids financially. However, an older guardian can also be less physically suited to caring for young children. A younger guardian might have more energy and better health, both of which are essential for raising young children, but their priorities might be focused on their own lives.

What Is Their Financial Health Like?

Not only should you think about whether your chosen guardian has the financial means necessary to care for dependents, but you should also consider how well they can manage their finances.

Do Their Beliefs Align with Yours?

For many parents, instilling their morals or religious values in their children is an essential part of choosing a guardian. Do you go to the same place of worship as the guardian or guardians you’re considering? Do you have similar views on moral issues? Answering these questions can help you find someone suitable.

Is My Choice Still a Good One?

You should update your estate plan regularly, and one of the things you should check is whether your choice for a guardian still seems reasonable after some time has passed. It might not make sense anymore, especially if you chose someone and their situation changed. Grandparents get older and less capable. Siblings might have a family of their own to take care of. Your choice might be suffering from health problems. When you update your choice of guardian, ask the above questions again.

Learn how to choose a guardian with Casal & Moreno

All parents want to know that their children will be raised by someone they trust if they pass away. Want to learn how to choose a guardian and how to make it official? Get in touch with the attorneys at Casal & Moreno today to set up a meeting to discuss your wishes. We’ll help you with all the necessary paperwork and legal considerations.