What traits should you consider when choosing a guardian for your children?

On Behalf of | Nov 3, 2022 | Estate Planning

Thinking about what could happen to your children when you die is difficult. No one wants to think about their children having to face the world without them, but if you want to ensure that your children have adequate protection and will continue to thrive even if something happens to you, then you need to think about what makes a good guardian.  While you’re alive, Florida law allows the parents of a minor child to execute and file a “Designation of Pre-Need Guardian for a Minor”, wherein you name who you want to take care of your minor children in the case of a tragedy.

According to the U.S. News, you do not want to put the decision in the court’s hands if something happens to you.  Instead, you want to do your best to have the assurance that your children remain safe and in the hands of someone you trust.

Consider the people you trust the most

The person you name as guardian should be someone that you know well. Not only will your friends and family keep your memory alive, but they will also respect your wishes. Look for someone who understands your values. Also, consider the energy level of the person you choose. You want someone who can keep up with your children.  You also need to consider whether the person(s) you name are willing to take on this role.

Think about financial stability and decision-making

You may have family members or friends that you trust with your children that you know would raise your kids with your values but have financial issues. Try to narrow down your list by eliminating those who may be financially irresponsible. Raising children is expensive and you should choose someone who you know could afford to support your children to the best of their ability.