Guardianship Designations

Planning for the care of children in case of unfortunate circumstances is one of the most important things parents can do.  Estate planning could mean the difference between stability and chaos for bereaved children. The sooner a permanent or temporary guardian is appointed in these situations, the more quickly the child can adjust. An essential part of a will, if you have minor children or children with special needs (regardless of age), is to appoint a guardian. The guardian will be the person appointed to take care of your children after you pass away until they reach the age of majority, which is 18 or 21 depending upon the state they live in. The guardian will be responsible for caring for your children; in essence, they will act as your child’s parent. If you do not appoint a guardian, the court will appoint one for you, who may or may not be to your liking. Each U.S. state has its own guardianship requirements.