AND GUARDIANS: PROTECTING YOUR CHILDREN - By Gordon R.
Couples with young children often make wills to appoint a guardian
for their children. Most are surprised that the appointment of a
guardian in a will only lasts for 90 days after their death.
The appointment is time limited to protect your children. While
your guardian may be a paragon of parenting proficiency today, after
you go, they might be facing serious problems of their own. Limiting
the length of the appointment protects your children from ending
up in an unhealthy environment.
Your guardian must apply to court to make the appointment permanent.
The children are protected because the judge will have to be satisfied
that the guardian is a good choice before extending the appointment.
Someone with serious doubts about the guardian can express their
concerns at this time. The process is more streamlined than a regular
guardianship application, so, making the appointment in your will
could save time and money.
Although the length of the appointment is limited, be careful who
you choose as your children's guardian. If you make a good choice,
the guardian can more cheaply and easily make the appointment permanent.
Even after the court appointment, it can still be changed by a judge
if it is no longer in the best interests of your child.
This article is presented as general information only and is
not to be relied on as legal advice. You should contact your lawyer
to see how the law applies to your circumstances before any action