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Choosing Guardians for Your Minor Children

By January 24, 2013Estate Planning

With the news of the Royal Family expecting in July, I am reminded that it is never too early or too late to think about guardians for minor children.

If you have children under the age of maturity (eighteen), it is your responsibility to nominate a guardian or guardians.  Should you fail to do so, it is up to the court to decide who will raise your children.

Such a decision is fraught with emotion.  Do you choose family or friends?  What are the most important characteristics you are looking for in a guardian?  Remember to look at things such as religion, family values, financial stability, and location (or relocation of your children).  Do you and your spouse agree on guardians?  For my husband and I, we agreed on what were the most important values our guardians should hold.  However, it took us quite awhile to agree on who should be guardians for our daughter.  This is a discussion we still have on a regular basis to ensure that our daughter is best taken care of in the event we both pass away while she is a minor.

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At Morris Hall, we have focused our legal practice on estate planning for over 40 years.  Along with estate planning, our attorneys help clients and their families with matters of probate, trust administration, wills, power of attorneys, business planning, succession planning, legacy planning, charitable gifting and other important legal aspects.  We also have divisions in financial, real estate and accounting to help you incorporate all of your planning together, ensuring that everything works perfectly for your needs and situation. Our Arizona offices are located in Phoenix, Mesa, Scottsdale, Cave Creek, Tucson, Prescott, Flagstaff and Arrowhead.  Our New Mexico offices are located in Albuquerque, Las Cruces and Santa Fe.  Contact us today at 888.222.1328 to schedule an appointment!

This blog should be used for informational purposes only.  It does not create an attorney-client relationship with any reader and should not be construed as legal advice.  If you need legal advice, please contact an attorney in your community who can assess the specifics of your situation.

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