To determine a guardian for your minor children.
My wife's grandparents were living in Shelley when a tragic car accident
took both their lives. Their youngest daughter had turned 18 just a
few years before. Had she instead been under the age of 18, she would
have needed a guardian, and where she lived would be determined largely
by the government.
Similar tragedies--where both spouses die at the same time leaving
children as orphans--can happen to any of us. A will states who the
guardian for your minor children would be. In other words, a will takes
the choice from the government and gives it to you. It's important to
choose back-up guardians too, in case your first choice isn't able to
care for your children.
You will, of course, want to speak to potential guardians now and ask
them if they'd be willing to be a guardian. When choosing a guardian,
you need to consider factors such as the guardian's age, their financial
ability to care for your child, their mental, emotional, and physical
health, and even factors such as the size and location of their home.
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