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Pre-need guardian talks with your kids can be vital

On Behalf of | Jul 10, 2024 | Estate Planning, Pre-Need Guardian |

Parents plan for their children’s future in many ways. They save for college, teach them responsibility and hope for the best. But what happens when you are no longer able to make those decisions?

In Florida, a “pre-need guardian” is someone you designate to care for your minor children if you and your spouse are no longer able to do so due to death or incapacitation. You may choose a second guardian if the first option is unable to take responsibility.

A difficult but necessary conversation

It is crucial to note that the court will decide who is best suited to be the guardian, considering your designation and the child’s best interests. Still, there are several important reasons to talk to your children about pre-need guardians, such as:

  • It can lessen your children’s anxiety in a stressful situation.
  • It can provide comfort knowing there is someone who will care for them.
  • It can prepare them for building a positive association with the chosen guardian.
  • It allows them to ask questions and voice any concerns.

When discussing this matter, tailor the conversation to your children’s age and understanding. Explain your thought process in selecting your pre-need guardian, why you trust them and how this plan protects their well-being, healthcare and education.

Seeking professional help eases the process

Creating a Declaration of Pre-Need Guardian requires specific steps with many complex legal documents involved. Feel free to consult an experienced estate planning attorney when in doubt. This will ensure your designation is legally sound and increase your chances of fulfilling your wishes.

One day, you are spending time with your children, and the next, they could be left without parental care. With this legal tool, you can provide them stability and security in the face of the unexpected.