As a mother of a 2-year-old, I can’t imagine what would happen to my son if something were to happen to me and my spouse. I would want to ensure that my child would always be taken care of by the people I want, in the way I want, no matter what happens.
If the unthinkable happens to the parents and without proper planning, here’s what could happen:
No one wants to think of the inevitable, but it’s best to be prepared and have a well thought-out plan to protect your children’s well-being and care if in case something were to happen.
One of the toughest decisions that I find people have is choosing who to be a guardian for their children. And because they can’t decide who to be the guardian for their kids, they put off naming someone or even put off doing their whole estate plan.
A guardian is the person or people (if you name a couple) responsible for your kids’ physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. If you name a couple and one of the spouses pass away, ask yourself whether the surviving guardian spouse can care for your child alone or would you want to go to your next choice for a guardian.
When nominating a guardian for your child, consider:
If this is still difficult for you, keep in mind that the other alternative is a Judge making the decision for you and who doesn't know you and your circumstances.
About the Author
Christine Chung, Esq.