Life is unpredictable, and no one knows when it will end. Therefore, it is wise to ensure the estate planning and wills are in place.
Alberta parents of minors are typically advised to choose a guardian to ensure children are cared for by someone they know if their parents should die. Failing to do that will leave the choice of a guardian up to the court.
It is best to plan ahead instead of leaving decisions to those with little into the family dynamics. When parents include their chosen guardian’s name in their wills, it will let the court know who they think will be the best person to care for their children. It will also authorize the guardian to make legal decisions for the children and be responsible for their care.
Discuss the choice with the chosen guardian
Before the choice is formally made in the will, it is essential to discuss it with the person named as guardian. It is a massive responsibility and only fair to ensure that person consents to and is prepared to be the guardian. Some people have an alternative guardian to replace the other one if, for some reason, the first choice of guardian is unavailable when the time comes.
The choice of guardian can be changed
It is not an easy decision to make and one that needs proper consideration. The parent could include a letter to provide preferences for religion, education and other goals for the children. Furthermore, changes can be made in the future if, for any reason, the Alberta parents want to name another guardian.
Most importantly, drafting a will and choosing a guardian must comply with existing laws to ensure the court will deem the documents valid.