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Leanna Hamill, Attorney at Law

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Jen Sawday, TLD Law

Leanna, This is a wonderful and insightful checklist of things to consider when nominating a guardian. You are right to consider matching parenting philosophies. I find that many parents nominate their own parents to be guardians for the grandchildren out of fear of hurting their feelings. What do you suggest in this instance?

Leanna Hamill

Choosing a guardian is a serious matter, and a choice like that should never be made simply to avoid hurt feelings. The parents do not need to tell their own parents what they are doing until after they have discussed it with the proposed guardians and signed all of the documents. After that, if the subject comes up, they can explain that it was a difficult decision but they chose to select so-and-so because it seemed like the best choice: they have children the same age, don't want the child to have to relocate, the grandparents are getting older, etc. They can then reassure their parents that they have explained to the proposed guardians that they want their children to continue to have a relationship with their grandparents. The grandparents may even be relieved that they were not selected, since visiting with your grandchildren and actually raising them are very different experiences.
If the parents do not feel comfortable discussing it with their own parents, they may wish to write a letter explaining their choice and keep it with the will.

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