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Top tips for naming a guardian for your child

When it comes time to name a guardian for your child, there are many key questions to answer. As you know, this is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make with regard to your estate plan. You hope that your guardian never has to raise your child or children, but it's better to be safe than sorry.

Getting started means one thing: making a list of prospective guardians. From there, you can begin to narrow your list, with the help of your spouse, to eventually settle on the right person.

Along the way, there are some tips to follow:

-- You don't have to focus solely on your immediate family. For example, you may find that a close friend would make a better guardian.

-- Ask permission. The last thing you want to do is name a person guardian before you ask them if it's okay. This is a risk you should not be willing to take.

-- Make it legal. It's one thing to say that you're naming a person guardian of your child. It's another thing entirely to ensure that it's legal. This is a big part of your estate plan, so put the appropriate amount of time into dealing with the legalities.

At some point, you may be faced with questions regarding who would be the best guardian of your child. When this day arrives, you should consider all your options and move forward in a patient manner.

With the help of a legal professional in Texas, you can answer all the right questions and focus on all the most important details. From there, you'll feel better about the future.

Source: Parenting, "How to Choose a Guardian for Your Child," accessed Sep. 28, 2016

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