When it comes to raising children every parent is concerned about every aspect of their children's lives, from the time they are born until the time they move away. Even then, parents continue to worry about their children and their future. In fact, it is pretty safe to say that parents never quit worrying about their children and they want to make sure that they are making good choices. The odd thing about all of this is that, in spite all of that concern and worry they put themselves through, so many parents never seem to worry about who would care for their minor children if both parents were to die unexpectedly. It is amazing how may parents never take the time to set up a simple Will to identify a guardian and conservator for their minor children. The guardian is the person you name to take care of your children until they reach the age of 18. The guardian oversees their medical care, their education and their overall upbringing. The conservator is the individual that would oversee the child’s inherited assets and any social security benefits that they would receive. Naming a guardian and conservator is one of the most important decisions you can make when it comes to your children. When parents don’t take the time to get this in writing, they run the risk that family members will not agree on your children’s placement and care. The questions you need to ask yourself are 1) will your spouse’s family and your family agree on who should have custody of your children? 2) Are you concerned about a family member vying for that role and yet they are not the best person for the job? 3) Are you concerned that the person that is appointed does not share your philosophy on raising a child? 4) Are you concerned that the person named will not raise your children with the same faith and religion you adhere to? 5) Are you concerned that a family member will step forward out of greed and take control of the children’s inheritance? As you can see, taking the time to address these questions and getting a simple Will in place is one of the most important decisions you can make as a parent.
Goudy Bookletter 1911