Make a List of Options
The first thing you must do when choosing a guardian for your child is create a shortlist of options. Think long and hard about potential guardians and write them down on a list. It’s best to keep this list to three to five people, as any more than that can become confusing.
Know What You’re Looking For
You know you need to name a guardian for your child, but that doesn’t make it simple. As such a big decision, you should know what you’re looking for in a guardian from the start.
While this is a personal choice, here are some of the many traits you should look for:
- Financial stable
- Good parenting skills
- Parenting style that matches yours
When you know what you’re looking for in a guardian, it’s easier to narrow down your list and make a confident decision.
Talk it Over With Your Final Choice
Remember this: just because you want to choose someone as your child’s guardian doesn’t mean they have to agree. That’s why it’s so important to talk it over with this person before you name them as guardian in your estate plan.
Start by explaining why they’re your top choice as guardian. Then, explain exactly what it means. Finally, ask them if they are willing to take on the responsibility (should the time come).
If this person has any reservations, it’s best to move down your list to another selection. You don’t want to choose someone who isn’t 100 percent committed to the role.
For assistance with all things related to choosing a guardian for your child, visit the website for The Law Office of Michael Robinson, P.C. at https://www.mrobinsonlaw.com/ or by calling our office at (585) 374-5210.