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Gold River Guardianship Attorney Tackles Commonly Overlooked Questions When Naming Guardians for Your Kids

July 26, 2011

No one likes the idea of leaving their children without a parent, especially when the discussion revolves around planning for an untimely death.

But in order to make sure that your children are properly taken care of if both parents should pass away at the same time, the discussion on guardianship must be had.

There are certain factors that every parent should take into consideration when choosing who will look after their children. Besides the obvious questions like, “Do my kids like him or her?” and “Is this person capable of raising kids?” the Gold River guardianship attorneys at the Chubb Law Firm urge parents to ask themselves these commonly overlooked questions as well:

  • Do the potential guardians have their own children? Having their own kids could be a blessing or a burden depending on how you feel those other children would interact with your kids, as well as how much space in the home would be available for your kids to adapt and grow.
  • Would this person’s job allow him or her the time to care for your children? If the guardian you are considering travels a lot or works unusual hours, he or she might not be the best choice, even if you think they would be a perfect fit for your kids.
  • Is the person financially capable of caring for your child? While there are planning steps parents can take to ensure their children would be cared for financially in their absence, it’s still important to choose someone who has the ability to provide for your kids if the money prematurely runs out.

Choosing a guardian can be a long and difficult process, and these are just a few of the questions you should consider. We’re here to help you make the right choice.  Start by calling (916) 241-9661 and ask if you qualify for a Peace of Mind Planning Session ($750) with the mention of this article. These sessions are limited to 10 per month so call today!

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