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An Important Aspect In Your Will: Guardianship

 Posted on October 31, 2012 in Estate Planning

In today's world, money is often the main topic of discussion and prime concern in almost any situation. Financial assets and property are talked about a lot in estate planning too, but there is one aspect of estate planning that is even more important: children.

Children are talked about a lot as far as last wills and financial security go, and while providing for you children is highly important, there is one thing that will govern their futures even more. We are, of course, talking about guardianship. If something happens to you, it is important to have a guardian planned for your children, so that they can continue living in a safe environment.

Choose someone you trust fully and who you know will be a good parent. This should of course be a decision you do not make hastily. It is, indeed, your children's futures that are at stake. When you have decided who should be the guardian, the legal aspects need to be considered.

First of all, get an estate planning attorney to help you with the task. This is the easiest way to guarantee that your will is legally sound. It is also important to include some information about why this person should be the guardian for your children in case something happens to you.

If the other parent for your children is unfit to be the guardian and/or they have abandoned the children before, this needs to be specified. Explain why you want the person chosen in your will to be the guardian instead of the other parent.

There are always many matters that need consideration when you are dealing with estate planning. This is why there are professionals who can help you make sure everything has been taken care of properly. Contact our Illinois estate planning attorneys, and ensure nothing is left to chance.

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