One of the key steps in planning for your family in the event of your passing is to choose a guardian for your children. This is usually done when they are minors or if they have special needs. Either way, you know that they need additional care. You love them, and you want to make sure their lives go well even when you are not around to help.
But how do you find the right guardian? First of all, look for someone who has similar values. It may help to make a list and then use it to compare candidates. You may want to think about things like:
- Work ethic
Just think about what you value. Do you want your child to follow their dreams and chase their passions in life? Do you want them to get a great education and work hard in their career? Find a guardian who values these same things and who can give your child the upbringing you want for them.
You also do have to think of the logistics and the costs, though. A nice, generous family member who loves your kids may feel like a perfect fit, but not if they can’t financially provide for your child. You need someone who is ready for that responsibility, who can realistically become a “parent” at a moment’s notice.
As you think through all of these things, it is important to talk to family members and close friends who may fit the bill. Always make sure they understand your desires and agree to take on this important role. Then start looking into the legal steps you need to take to make it official.