Reasons to Think About Guardianship for Your Kids

When you have children you likely image yourselves growing old and watching your child grow throughout the years. Unfortunately, that’s not always how real life plays out. If something were to happen to you and your child’s other parent, what would happen to your child? Who would they live with? Who would ensure their needs are provided? If you cannot easily answer this question it may be time to make an important decision in the life of your child. If you can answer this question but don’t have any legal paperwork in place, it’s time to start the ball rolling.


The importance of nominating the person who you want to care for your child

As a parent, your child’s future and wellbeing is likely a top priority.  Toward that end, it is important to nominate the person who you want to care for your child in the event you and your child’s other parent is unable to do so. Having this sort of decision made and planned out ahead of time can help take some relief off an already stressful situation. Losing a family member is difficult for an entire family but having the tough decision of who will care for a child already settled can help take some of the questioning out of the equation.

Nominate the guardian using your Will

A Last Will and Testament is a legal document that provides the opportunity to state your wishes, in writing, for who you would like to fulfill the guardianship roll in your absence.  Although a formal guardianship proceeding in probate court would still be necessary to make the appointment legal, the person nominated through a properly executed Will is typically given preference by the Court over a person who has not been nominated by a parent.


Meet with O’Donnell Law Center Today

Our lawyer at the lake of the Ozarks can draft a Will that sets forth your wishes as they pertain to guardianship of your child. Estate Planning in Camden County, MO is an important discipline of our law office and something we take very seriously.  Contact O’Donnell Law Center today to make an appointment to prepare your estate plan and child guardianship wishes.



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