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What Is a Guardian?

April 13, 2021

If you have children, you know that you would do anything for them. Any caring parent wishes nothing but the best for their child, and they seek to support their child until they are no longer a child–and even then, a parent is still their son or daughter’s number one fan. Unfortunately, parents are sometimes taken from their children too soon by an untimely death. This is why establishing a guardian is such an important aspect of a will. There are several things you should know about appointing a guardian, so if this applies to you, please do yourself a favor and read on to learn more about your legal options going forward.

What Are a Guardian’s Responsibilities?

Becoming a child’s legal guardian is a huge responsibility, and should only be undertaken if the guardian believes he or she is up to the task. Nobody is perfect, but to take a child in, you must have the will and desire to provide and care for that child. Here are some of the responsibilities a guardian will have:

  • He or she must keep neat records of all money and property in case the status of either comes into question

  • He or she is responsible for always acting in the individual’s best interest as they are presumably unable to do so themselves

  • He or she must carefully manage your money and property carefully, as they are responsible for ensuring all finances are well-kept

  • He or she is responsible for ensuring all finances and property are separate from their own

How Do You Select the Right Guardian?

Selecting a guardian is generally a very tough decision for a parent, and it requires a lot of thought and consideration. This is why when you are writing your will, you should approach your friend or loved one beforehand and ask him or her whether they would be up to the task. This is a great responsibility to bestow on another, so you must choose wisely. The guardian you select must be someone you trust and know can be a responsible, capable parent. If you fail to select a guardian in your will and have a child under the age of 18, there is a very good chance the courts may make that decision for you. Please, for both you and your child’s benefit, do not hesitate to request compassionate legal assistance in choosing your guardian or writing your will. We can help you attain the peace of mind you need for a happy, healthy future as a parent.

Contact Our Experienced New Jersey Firm

Juan C. Velasco, Esq. is a trusted attorney who concentrates on bankruptcy, family law, real estate, and estate matters who has been serving the New Jersey area for over 25 years. If you need experienced legal counsel, please contact Velasco Law Office and we will be happy to assist you.