One of the most important parts of creating your estate if you have children is naming a guardian for them. The Florida Courts state that a guardian is someone who can make personal and/or financial decisions for a minor, and the court appoints this person.
Although it is hard to imagine someone else raising your children, picking the right guardian can ensure they are in good hands if you unexpectedly die. Here are some tips for selecting a guardian who will preserve the interests of your children.
1. Consider values
Take into account the guardian’s parenting style, educational views and morals. Ideally, these viewpoints should be similar to your own, so your children will grow up with the values you want.
2. Take into account health and age
When you plan your estate, keep in mind that although your grandparents may be excellent guardians for your children, for example, they may not have the stamina to keep up with young children. Keep in mind that you can designate a guardian for a certain period of time. For instance, one person could raise your children until they reach age 12 and then someone else could take over.
3. Do not rule out distant relatives
Consider where your preferred guardian lives and if your children moving to a new state or city would be too hard on them. Even though a major life change like this could be difficult for your children, moving in with the right relative if you were to die could make it worth it in the end.