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The importance of naming a guardian for children

Although no one wants to think about the worst happening, parents with minor children in Massachusetts need to have a plan in the case of death or other situation which would make them unable to care for their kids. Naming a guardian gives that person legal responsible for the needs of a child, which typically include shelter, medical care, food and education.  

There are a number of reasons why selecting a particular person to care for the next of kin is important. According to the General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the court will appoint a temporary guardian if one has not already been named, or if the named one is found to be unfit. This means that the person appointed may not be one that the parent(s) consider appropriate or best for their child. Choosing a guardian ahead of time gives parents the peace of mind that if something were to happen, the child will be taken care of in the best way possible.

There is a lot to consider when deciding who should be a child's guardian. According to the Massachusetts Court System, a guardian must reside in the United States and be 18 years of age or older. Along with genuinely caring about the child, a guardian should share similar moral and ethic beliefs as the parents, have the time to care for the child and be physically able to do so. If the parents are not able to provide financially for the child's future, a guardian should also have the financial means to meet all of the needs. It is also a good idea to name someone who lives in the same vicinity, especially once the child is in school.  

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