Why do I need a guardianship nomination document?

In the absence of a guardianship nomination document, the court will appoint a guardian for your children based on state law and other considerations. You will have no impact on this process so the court may appoint persons to care for your child and manage your child’s property whom you never would have wanted (e.g., the mother-in-law you detest or your irresponsible brother). Without knowing your express wishes, there may be disputes concerning who will be the guardian of your children, how their property should be managed, and how your children should be raised. These issues are likely to take time for the court to resolve. By creating a guardianship document, you’re able to convey your express wishes to the court about how you want your children to be raised and their assets managed, as well as move the guardianship process forward more quickly, efficiently, and economically.

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