How You Can Support Your Child’s Guardian

Appoint a guardian for your child

Protecting our treasure is top of mind when we become parents and so it is crucial not to leave their future to chance. Carefully choosing a guardian for your child in the event that you and your partner are no longer around is one of the most important gifts we can give our children.

You can appoint your chosen guardian in your will, using the State Trustees Will Kit.


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Write guidelines for you appointed guardian

Once you have appointed your chosen guardian in your Will you can also provide them with a set of guidelines that document the wishes and values you have for your child.

You can include as little or as much detail as you like and address a variety of aspects of their upbringing you would like to have an influence on. To help you get started, here are some points to think about.

What are your preferences for your child’s:

  • Residence and standard of living
  • Education
  • Emotional development
  • Traditions
  • Religion or spirituality
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Technology and equipment
  • Healthcare
  • Personal income
  • Travel
  • Independent living
  • Relationships with other family members and friends

When addressing these points, do note any considerations your chosen guardian needs to be aware of like character or self-esteem issues, health ailments or additional development resources that may be needed (like speech therapy or prosthetics, for example).

While some of your child’s requirements may be non-negotiable, it is worth mentioning if any degree of flexibility if your wishes do not ‘mirror’ those of your child because in the end, you would want them to be the happiest versions of themselves.

It is very important to discuss your intentions, obtain consent and discuss your expectations with the prospective guardian. During this discussion, it’s also a good idea to share the set of guidelines that you have prepared.


What next

Once you are happy with your guidelines document you can store it together with your legal Will in The Victorian Will Bank.


Need some help?

If your circumstances are complex, you can book a face to face appointment with State Trustees. Your will writer can guide you through the process of appointing a guardian and ask the right questions, including some that you may have not considered, so that you can make the best possible plan for your child and your estate.

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