Estate Planning Academy Episode 18: Picking Guardians
This article by Attorney Gary DeWitt, practicing in estate planning, probate, guardianship, and elder law.
Match the Guardian to the Children
What values are most important to your child’s physical, spiritual, emotional, and mental wellbeing?
- Couple or Individual
- Religious affiliation and spiritual beliefs
- Emotional stability
- Family stability
- Physical and mental health
- Importance of higher education to family
- Education level
- Political beliefs
Make a List
List out the values you want and desire using the first step as a guide, then rank them.
Compare the list from step 2 to the list of people you have in mind
Narrow you choices down to a few couples or families. Talk to each one. Make sure they would take on the responsibility without reservation.
Make Your Choices Binding
Get your choices memorialized in a permanent nomination of guardianship.