Nomination of Guardians for Minor Children in Alexandria
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Many parents worry about what will happen if they pass away or become incapacitated. Who will take care of their children? Will they need to go into foster care?
Fortunately, you can nominate guardians ahead of time in case you lose your ability to take care of your children. Any parent of minor children should consider the guardian nomination process, as this can effectively protect children from the foster care system and custody litigation. Parents need both temporary guardians in cases of emergencies and permanent guardians. Even though this can be a difficult decision, our guardian nomination lawyers can help parents examine their priorities in order to decide who is the best possible choice for this potential responsibility.
What Is a Nomination of Guardian?
Creating an effective estate plan is an extensive process, especially if you have minor children. If you don’t put a plan in place, the court will not consider your wishes when determining what new family will take your children.
A guardianship nomination document allows you to set forth how you want your children cared for if you and the children’s other parent pass away. This includes specifying the individual(s) you want the court to appoint as the legal guardian(s) of your children. They would function as the substitute parent(s) for your children.
You can also designate a different person as the guardian of your estate. This person will manage the money or assets held by your children.
Tips on Choosing a Guardian for Your Children
While some people have no doubt in their mind as to who they want to be the guardian of their children in the event of their death, many others find the selection process extremely challenging.
Here are a few tips and insights from our guardian nomination attorneys:
- Choose someone with the appropriate skills and attributes.
- Determine if you want your children all going to one family.
- Select someone who shares your goals, values, and parenting style.
- Pick a family with the financial means to support your children.
- Choose someone who is young and healthy enough to parent your children until adulthood.
- Do not select someone the court would not approve, such as a person with a history of alcohol or drug abuse.
- Do not choose a person who does not want the responsibility of raising your children.
Let Us Help You Complete Your Process Today
Once you have chosen the right candidate(s), it is important to consult with our attorneys. We can help you draft documents to ensure your designation is legally binding and official. There are a variety of methods we can use to implement your guardianship nomination, including wills and trusts. Get in touch with our firm to get answers to all your questions about the process.
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