The thought of someone else raising your children is heartbreaking and distressing. However, you have the opportunity to select someone you anticipate will share your goals, values, and parenting style. Expressing your choices can avoid family conflicts where multiple people come forward and feel they are the best choice to care for your kids. Ultimately a court will need to decide who will care for your children; however, with a few exceptions, a court will usually appoint whomever you nominate. Appointment of guardians and conservators for your minor children in the event of your death can be made in a will, trust, or stand-alone document. Keep in mind that you can change your selected guardians at any time: the person best able to care for your children now may not be the best choice in five years for any number of reasons.

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