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Can you name a legal guardian without offending someone you love?

You have recently come to the conclusion that it is time to name a legal guardian to take care of your children in case something tragic ever happens to you and your spouse. While it may seem relatively simple to choose someone you trust in Massachusetts, have you ever considered the potential that you offend someone you love because you did not choose him or her? Fortunately, there are effective ways that you can carefully navigate around feelings while still choosing someone who you are completely comfortable with. 

Selecting a guardian requires you to pay significant attention to the lifestyle, parenting techniques, location, financial stability and even the ages of the people or person you select. Skipping any one of these important details may create a major hurdle when your chosen person takes over guardianship. In an effort to minimize the emotional and physical stress on your children after your passing, your best bet is to carefully assess each of the aforementioned aspects. 

According to Parenting.com, some of the things you may consider doing when choosing a legal guardian include the following:

  • Do not limit your list to family members. Close friends, colleagues and acquaintances are also excellent options to consider. 
  • Make the agreement legal as soon as possible so everyone knows your decision is made and it is final. 
  • Use sensitivity when discussing your decision with family members who were not chosen.
  • Always ask permission before you name someone as the designated legal guardian.

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice. 

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