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Factors to consider when naming a guardian

On Behalf of | Sep 17, 2022 | Estate Planning |

Writing a will is something that everyone would benefit from doing, even younger adults. One of the things that parents of minor children should include in their wills is who they wish to look after those children if they pass away while the children are young. If you are a parent, you know that this can be a very difficult decision.

Here are some factors to consider when naming a guardian in a Maryland will.

Who is willing

Think about the people who your children enjoy spending time with and vice versa. Anyone who you consider naming as a guardian should be equally willing to be the child’s support system until they turn 18, which is a serious commitment. It is essential to have an open and honest discussion with anyone who you consider naming as a guardian in your will.

Who is able

Equally important to who is willing to be a guardian is who is able to do so. For example, children may be close to their grandparents, but if the grandparents are declining in health then they might not be the best choice to be a guardian. In addition to health, resources like time and money also come into play when making this decision.

Writing a will can be difficult, and deciding who will take care of minor children in the event of your untimely death is no exception. However, by carefully considering your close friends and family members, you can enjoy peace of mind knowing your children will be in good hands if something happens.