Friday, July 8, 2022

I’m having second thoughts about the people we chose as guardians

Estate planningIn a segment of “Ask the Post,” a reader wrote in asking about how to handle second guessing the family members they had previously asked to be the legal guardians of their child if the unthinkable were to happen.

The reader expressed concern over philosophical and political differences that had surfaced since the original request, and they are now unsure if they want these family members to have influence over their child.

The Post responds that while it is a big decision, they recommend having a conversation while all parties are still living. As they call it, “the less courageous way out” is changing their will and letting their family find out through lawyers in the event of their early demise. The Post strongly encourages the bravery of an honest discussion instead.

For more information:

See Meghan Leahy “I’m having second thoughts about the people we chose as guardians,” Washington Post, June 29, 2022.

Special thanks to Naomi Cahn (Justice Anthony M. Kennedy Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law) for bringing this article to my attention.

https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/trusts_estates_prof/2022/07/im-having-second-thoughts-about-the-people-we-chose-as-guardians.html

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