Although every parent plans to raise their children until they're ready to live on their own, certain events like death or an illness may change that. Designating legal guardianship for you minor children is one way to eliminate the worry associated with answering the question of who may raise your children after you die. Legal guardianship is the process of establishing who takes care of your minor children in any circumstances where you're not able to do so. While you're alive, the legal guardianship isn't binding. Thus, you can change the guardianship as needed.
Discuss giving legal guardianship with candidates. Talk with the individual or individuals to ensure they accept the responsibility of raising your children.
Choose the legal guardian. You should look for candidates you can trust such as a family friend or relative.
Decide how to name the legal guardian. You have two options: a will or standby guardianship. In a will you can designate a legal guardian using a testamentary guardianship. A standby guardianship requires filing a petition or providing a written designation.
Complete the legal document.