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How to Choose the Right Long Term Guardian

When it comes to estate planning and kids, a common hurdle that has to be overcome is choosing the right guardian.

Often one spouse wants one person, the other spouse wants another, and the stalemate results in no decisions being made at all.

Before we get to choosing the right long-term guardian for your kids, I want to point out that by making no choice at all everyone loses – a judge will end up being the ultimate decision maker as to who will raise your kids.

Now, with that having been said, let’s talk about how to get to a place where you can agree on long term guardians for your kids.

The first and best thing to do is, before you even get to individual people, to make a list of the qualities that are important to you. These can include education, religion, parenting style, money, etc.

After you’ve done that list those in order of importance.

Now, cross-check that list with your potential people – usually one or two people will stick out from the crowd.

Last, but not least, remember that the choice you are making is not static. As time goes by if your opinion changes, or if other people come into your lives, you can update your will to reflect your current choices for long term guardians.

Hopefully that helped. If you have any other questions, please let me know.


Christopher Small

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