Selecting a Guardian in the ‘Modern Family’

I think one of the funniest shows on television right now is Modern Family, and last night’s show was especially hilarious as Cameron and Mitchell tried to decide who would raise their daughter Lily’s if something were to happen to them. The couple initially considered Mitchell’s sister Claire and her husband Phil as her guardians, … Read More

Is It Possible To Name Guardians for My Children Without a Will?

Many parents name guardians for their children in their wills, but the Texas Estates Code also provides a means of legally naming a guardian in a separate document. The statutes provide that a parent may declare a guardian for their children in a document that is: Written wholly in the handwriting of the person making … Read More

The Council of Dads

One thing that motivates many parents to make a will is the desire to designate guardians who will raise their children if the unthinkable happens. And yet many parents delay getting their wills drafted because they have difficulty selecting a person who seems ideally suited for the role. No one guardian can replace you or … Read More

Factors to Consider When Selecting a Guardian – Willingness to Serve

NB: This post is part of a series discussing factors you should consider when selecting a guardian for your minor children. You can read all these posts here. When my husband and I were first married and starting our careers, a friend caught me off guard one evening when she asked whether my husband and … Read More

Factors to Consider When Selecting a Guardian – Character

NB: This post is part of a series discussing factors you should consider when selecting a guardian for your minor children. You can read all these posts here. It probably goes without saying that the person you select as your children’s guardian should not be someone with a criminal record or a history of child … Read More

Factors to Consider when Selecting a Guardian — Marital Status

NB: This post is part of a series discussing factors you should consider when selecting a guardian for your minor children. You can read all these posts here. When deciding who to select as your children’s guardian, it is important to consider the prospective guardian’s marital status for several reasons: Statistically, about 40 percent of … Read More