Nomination of Guardian
What is a Nomination of Guardian, and Why do I need one?
A Nomination of Guardian is a document in which you designate the person who will care for your minor children (their “Guardian”) in case both their parents are dead. While this is a low-probability event, if you ever go on dates with your spouse in the car together, it could happen. Leaving your families without a clear, legally enforceable expression of your desire for who should raise your children, at best adds expense and confusion to their grief. It is not uncommon for grandparents, aunts and uncles to hire lawyers and engage in expensive and traumatic battles over “who gets the kids.” And occasionally, children do end up in the foster care system, at least temporarily. NOTE – if you already have a Will, you probably have already nominated a Guardian in your Will, and don’t need to do a separate Nomination of Guardian.
What is your process?
You pick a signing date on the calendar below and pay a $50 deposit. Come to our office on the signing date, review your document with Attorney Donald H. Sienkiewicz, and get your questions answered. We do this in a workshop format, with up to six couples at a time in our conference room. Attorney Sienkiewicz will also explain how guardianship, probate, Wills and Trusts work. At the end of the workshop, you will sign your Nomination of Guardian, and we will witness it so that your wishes will be honored by the courts. You take your Nomination of Guardian home with you.
What will you charge me?
We will charge you $100 per single parent, or $150 per married couple. You will pay $50 when you sign up and the balance when you come in to have it witnessed.