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How to choose a guardian for your special needs child

If your child has special needs, you're sure to have concerns about what will happen to them in the event of your untimely passing. As difficult as it may be to think about this, it's something you must do to ensure that you have a comprehensive estate plan in place.

Here are five details to focus on as you attempt to choose a guardian in Atlanta for your special needs child:

  • Consider everyone: For example, some people immediately turn their attention to married couples, but this isn't always the best decision. There are other people in your life, such as single friends or relatives, who may make the perfect guardian.
  • Look past immediate family: While this may be where you start your search, it shouldn't be the only people you consider. For example, you may have distant relatives, such as a great aunt and uncle, who would make perfect parents.
  • Focus on values: You don't want to move your special needs child into a situation that makes them uncomfortable, as they're already going through a difficult time. Do your best to choose a guardian who shares your values and parenting style.
  • Finances matter: This doesn't mean you should turn all your attention to those with the most money, however, finances definitely come into play when making this choice. Choosing someone who is already tight on money doesn't always make sense, as taking over the responsibility of caring for your child could push them into an even worse situation.
  • Age and health are important: For example, if you choose a guardian who is older than you and in bad health, there's a chance this person won't be able to take over your parenting responsibilities should you pass on. Turn your attention to potential guardians who are your age, or younger, and in good health.

Choosing a guardian for your special needs child is one of the biggest decisions you'll ever make, so don't rush into something that doesn't make sense. Instead, carefully consider all your options and then ask the person you've chosen for their permission to name them as guardian.

Once you have all the details in place, you can finish off the process and rest easy knowing that your child will be in good hands if you pass on.

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