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How can a parent pick the right guardian for their kids?

On Behalf of | Jun 6, 2024 | Estate Planning |

Choosing a guardian for your children is one of the most critical decisions you will make as a parent. This process involves careful consideration of various factors to ensure the well-being and stability of your children.

How to evaluate potential guardians

When selecting a guardian, assess their skills, attributes and values. Potential guardians should align with your parenting style and values. And, ensure they have the time and capacity to meet your child’s needs.

Consider family dynamics

Evaluate how your child will fit into the potential guardian’s family. Consider if your child will be welcomed and integrated into the family or if there might be challenges. The potential guardian’s physical and mental health are also critical factors to consider. Can they be a parent, and do they want to be a parent?

Financial stability

Review the financial situation of the potential guardian. Ensure they are financially capable of providing for your children. While financial support can be provided through your estate, the guardian should have a stable financial background.

Legal requirements

In Washington, guardians must meet specific legal qualifications. This includes being at least 21 years old (unless the guardian is a parent) and having no criminal convictions involving dishonesty, neglect or physical force. Ensure the potential guardian meets these legal criteria.

The importance of backup guardians

Naming a backup guardian is essential, even if you have several trusted family members. It offers peace of mind to older children, knowing that their future has been thoughtfully planned.


Selecting the right guardian for your children involves evaluating potential candidates’ values, family dynamics, financial stability and legal qualifications. By considering these factors, you can make an informed decision that prioritizes your children’s best interests. Remember, the well-being of your children should always be your primary concern.