Florida Estate Planning: Naming a Guardian for Your Child

Posted on Dec 28, 2011
If you’re the parent of a young child or children in Florida, your estate planning should include the naming of a guardian in your will. If you don’t name a guardian and your child becomes orphaned, your child’s fate could be up to a judge.

Although it can be emotionally disturbing to name a guardian for your children, it’s important that you do so. To get past the emotional block, consider the following, from an article at The Wall Street Journal
  • A guardian isn’t forever. You can change your mind later, through a codicil, if you decide that the person you picked wasn’t a good choice.
  • The guardian doesn’t have to be a blood relative. Close family friends can and should be considered.
  • You and your spouse will need to compromise if you’re having trouble naming a guardian. You should each make a list of potential guardians and try to find common ground. 
After you’ve compiled a list of potential guardians: 
  • spend time with each to get a feel for how they’ll treat your children;
  • discuss practical details such as geography, education, and religion; and
  • consider lifestyle issues, such as whether your potential guardian has the housing to accommodate your children.
Keep in mind that many guardians named in wills never actually have to take on the role of guardian. Still, it’s best not to leave this to chance. For help, you can speak with an estate planning attorney in Fort Myers.

Help From an Estate Planning Attorney in Fort Myers is Just a Phone Call Away

Fort Myers estate planning attorney Matthew A. Linde understands firsthand the importance of careful estate planning and the complexities of financial legal matters, such as probate, tax litigation and guardianship. For help with your guardianship concerns, contact our Fort Myers office to schedule a one-on-one meeting with a professional who can answer your questions – 239-939-7100 or 844-764-5492.