If you have a kid who is a minor, then it is important to create a Will to name a guardian for him/her in the sad event of your death. If one of you (the mother or father) dies, then the other will take care of the kid, but what if both of you die at the same time?
If you haven’t named any guardian in your Will yet, then the court would take custody of your kid and select a guardian as per the law of the state – don’t think that the custody would be given to your brother, sister, parents or any other close relatives. It could be anybody – who the court think is good for your offspring.
So, instead of leaving your kid’s future undecided, make a Will today and name a guardian in it. And the good thing is, now you don’t need any professional executor to make a Will. There are many websites that can help you with how to make a Will at home.
However, before you name a right guardian in your Will, there are certain questions that you need to ask and we have compiled 10 of the most important ones in this article. So, before you take the big step for your kid, go through these questions and find their answers.
1. How many minors do you have?
Make sure that you have given the name of all of your kids in the Will. And yes, you have to give the name of the guardian for all of your kids separately, no matter if it’s the same guardian for all of them.
2. Do you want your children to stay together?
Yes, you have to specify whether you want your children to live together or not. Most of the parents prefer their children to stay together because if your chosen guardian is not approved by the court, the children can stay together under the care of another person declared by the court.
3. Is the guardian capable of handling all of your children?
Now, if you want your kids to stay together, the person must be able to take care of all of them. But what about his/her own family? Do both the families blend? Or how else they will take care of all of your kids together? Make sure you have given your consideration to these question as well.
4. Should you mention co-guardians?
Now if you want your kids to be raised by two people together, then its necessary to mention both of them as co-guardians. For example, if you want to give custody to your brother and sister-in-law, then make sure you have mentioned both their names. Otherwise,the court would not be able to understand whether or not you want one or both of them to take over your kids.
5. What’s the age of the guardian?
Most people think of naming their own parents as a guardian, but before making this decision, think of their age as well as health. No doubt, kids’ grandparents are the best options as a guardian, but does their health allows them to handle a minor?
Now again, if your kid is reaching the age of 18, then its fine; but if they are too young, say below 5, then you should give your decision a second thought.
6. Where does your chosen guardian live?
Does the person you have decided for your kid lives in the same town? Or are they located in a different town, state or country? Make sure that the place they are living in is not far away. Or else, your children will have to move to a totally new and different location in addition to the loss of parents. So, always try to select a guardian who is living in the same town or at least in the same county.
7. Is your chosen guardian financially settled?
Who better than you knows that raising a kid is not that easy. The person should have to be task financially secured, so that they can provide your kid with good education and life-standards. After all, every parent wants their kids to be successful in life, which is possible by having a good education and work-life.
Of course, it might be difficult to find all these qualities in one person, so always consider the one that meets the maximum of these criteria.