What does it mean to be nominated as a Guardian?

Being nominated as a Guardian is a huge honor! It's a testament to your character and your relationship with the person that nominated you. This is because the responsibility of a Guardian is to care for a minor child should their parents pass.

How is a Guardian nominated?
A Guardian may be nominated by a parent in a Will or another estate planning document. After a parent passes, a court typically will approve the nomination and legally appoint a Guardian. 

When do my responsibilities kick in?
You have no responsibilities until you're appointed as Guardian by a court. The court appointment and state law will determine your specific duties, powers, and responsibilities.

Should I advertise that I'm a Guardian?
Although you have no responsibilities now, it might be helpful to have a conversation with the person that nominated you. While it may be difficult to raise this subject in conversation, remember that you were nominated as someone trusted to potentially care for their children. Having a conversation with the person that nominated you might give you better insight into their preferences and desires when it comes to their children. 

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