A Reese estate planning lawyer at Biddinger & Estelle can provide assistance to parents of minor children in making plans to ensure children are protected if parents cannot raise them to adulthood. If something happens to you and you become incapacitated or you pass away, guardianship will ensure that your child is cared for by an appropriate caregiver of your choosing.
You should not wait to go through the process of naming a guardian who will care for your child if something happens to you. You never know when an untimely illness or injury could leave you unable to raise your children. You want to be the person who decides who cares for your kids if you cannot, so you should reach out to our legal team today if you live in Michigan’s shoreline communities and you want to be in charge of your child’s future.
Our legal team can help with the formal process of specifying who you want to serve as your child’s guardian. We can also provide you with the advice you need to select the person who will act as guardian. There are a number of key things to consider as you decide who will raise your kids when you cannot, including the following.
The Age and Abilities of the Guardian
As Michigan law makes clear, guardians have the rights of parents and most of the responsibilities of parents. You don’t want to select a person who isn’t up to the task of caring for your child. You should think about the age and health of the guardian, as it can take a lot of stamina to raise a child. You also don’t want to select someone whose life expectancy suggests a high statistical likelihood of the chosen guardian passing away before the child reaches adulthood, as it could be traumatic for a child to have to have multiple parental figures become incapacitated or pass on during the child’s younger years.
You should also think about whether the guardian is likely to raise the child in accordance with your parenthood plans. If the guardian is not going to be able to spend a lot of time with the child or if the guardian doesn’t have the patience to care for children, you should select someone else.
The Guardian’s Willingness to Care for Children
If you have chosen a guardian for your child, you must be sure to speak with your chosen person — often multiple times. You want to ensure that the chosen guardian is actually willing and able to take on the responsibilities associated with raising one or more children that you leave behind if you pass away.
Raising children can be a difficult and expensive proposition, and not everyone is in a position to take on the responsibility of raising kids who are not their own. You should ensure that the person you wish to name as guardian is comfortable with the obligations you are asking him to handle if you pass away.
You may also wish to name a backup guardian in case your first choice of guardian experiences a change in circumstances and is no longer able to care for your kids after you pass on or get sick. You don’t want your kids ending up in a custody battle or ending up in the child welfare system because the person who you had initially selected as a guardian won’t be able to handle the responsibility after all.
Getting Help from a Reese Estate Planning Lawyer When Choosing a Guardian for Your Kids
A Reese estate planning lawyer at Biddinger & Estelle can provide the help you need to make a plan for your child to be raised by a trusted guardian if you cannot be there to care for the child. We can also assist you in making a plan to provide financially for your son or daughter even if you get sick or pass on, so the person you selected as guardian will not have to worry about financial shortfalls associated with the costs of raising kids.
To find out more about how our firm can help parents in Michigan’s shoreline communities to make sure their kids are protected, you should give us a call at (989) 872-5601 or contact us online today.