When your house is on fire, you get your kids.
When the boat sinks, you get your kids.
When anyone or anything poses a threat to your family’s health, safety or stability, the first thing you think to do is to get those kids.
Your death poses just such a threat to your family’s stability and all of us will die one day.
Under Georgia law, the probate court has final authority to assign custody of your children to the person whom the court believes is best able to care for them. However, your choice of guardian, as written in your Last Will and Testament, carries a tremendous amount of weight in the court’s decision.
You have an opportunity to take care of your kids today by preparing for that threat. The most important thing you can do to prepare is to name the person or people who will get your kids by naming a guardian in your Will.
When you name a guardian in your Will, the court will give that person custody of your children unless there is a compelling reason not to do so.
At P&E, we believe what the apostle Paul preached to the Thessalonians, “that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.” (1 Thess. 4:14). We have no fear of death.
But we also value our kids’ health, safety, and stability in life. As their parents, we take action to guard them whenever we are able. Paul also spoke to the idea that “anyone who does not provide for their relatives, and especially for their own household, has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” (1 Tim. 5:8).
Naming a guardian in your Will is the best thing you can do to protect your children in the event of your death. It is essential for your children’s continuity of care, and it is compliant with biblical command.
While you are able, decide who will get your kids.