Appointing Guardians of Minor Children
Part of planning your will involves deciding who you would like to have look after your children if you pass away before they reach the age of majority.
As long as there is no other person entitled to custody (like another parent, or a person with a court order granting custody), then you may appoint someone to act as guardian.
This is only a temporary appointment in Ontario, as within 90 days, an application must be brought to the court for permanent guardianship. The court will look at what is in the best interests of the child. Your wishes will be very strongly considered as to what is in the best interests of the child.
If you appoint a guardian, please make sure they know they are appointed and would be willing to act. It is obviously a huge and expensive responsibility.
If you would like more information call me at (416) 863-1300; or email [email protected]