When estate planning in Pennsylvania, not only do you want to protect your assets but you will want to make sure your children are protected. If you have minor children, it is especially important that you appoint a guardian in your will because you never know when you and your spouse might become incapacitated due to an illness or injury.

Appointing a guardian in a will should be thought through carefully. By having someone chosen ahead of time, you can ensure your child will be cared for per your wishes. Here are some tips on how to choose your child’s guardian:

  • Talk with your spouse or partner about naming a guardian.
  • Make sure the guardian is equipped to raise a child and provide a nurturing home as well as be prepared to make important medical and financial decisions for your child.
  • Don’t choose the grandparents as guardians. Although they might be wonderful grandparents, you will want someone closest to your age.
  • Don’t select both a husband and wife as co-guardians. Only name one person as a guardian so that your children are never subjected to a custody battle in case of a divorce.
  • Always select a backup guardian in case your first choice is unwilling or unable to act as your child’s guardian when the time comes.

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David M. Frees, III
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