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Naming a Guardian – Do You Need Court Approval?

If you have minor a child, or children, an important issue you’ll need to address in your estate plan is determining who will take care of your children if you suddenly pass away. This person would serve as a “guardian” for your children until they become legal adults. A question I routinely get asked by clients is whether the guardian they prefer to name will need to be approved by a court. Here’s the answer: it depends. A major factor that will influence a guardianship issue is where you reside. If you live in Maryland, you can actually...

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