As a new parent, the last thing you want to think about is dying and leaving your child to be raised by someone else. However, if you want to choose who that stand-in would be, you need to think about it and designate him or her as your child's guardian in your Oklahoma will. Our legal team at the Lidia Law Firm, P.C., often advises parents in the many factors that they should consider before choosing a guardian.
You want your child to be safe and happy, but you also want the guardian to raise him or her as closely as possible to the way you would. Forbes suggests creating a list of your core values for raising your child. You may want the guardian to model and teach generosity, integrity and kindness. It may also be important to you that your child receives a top education and is raised in a specific religious faith, exposed to the arts and encouraged to follow his or her dreams.
With this list of values, you are in a better position to narrow down the field of possible guardians. However, you do not want to narrow it too far because there are still a number of other factors to take into consideration. Financial ability to care for your child is essential unless you are able to leave money in trust to ensure that your child will always have what he or she needs. You also want a person or couple who is emotionally stable and physically able to care for your child.
The most important factor to you is probably that the guardian you choose loves your child and will do whatever he or she can to ensure that your child is raised in a loving, caring home.
More information about creating an estate plan that provides for children's needs is available on our webpage.