What legal paper is needed to make sure my oldest daughter is appointed legal guardian of her your sibling in an event of both parents becoming deceased? Oldest is 18 and youngest is 15.
There is no way to make sure of this. The best thing to do is for both parents to have wills made. The wills can include a paragraph expressing your desire that the eldest be appointed guardian of the minor siblings, but it will ultimately be a decision by the court if both parents are deceased. Both of you should consult an estate planning attorney for drafting these wills and other documents, such as health care powers of attorney.
In a valid will, a parent can nominate a personal to become the guardian of the estate and of the person of child. While a court is not obligated to appoint the person nominated by the parent, preference is definitely given. After all, if the parent trusts the person, a judge might do the same. But, appointing an 18 or 19 year old does pose some fairly tough hurdles. A more involved conversation with an experienced attorney is necessary.
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