Can I use my will to name a guardian to care for my young children and manage their property?
Well, the will is not the primary document that controls guardians for your minor children and any property in their name at your death or disability.
In Florida we have what’s called a pre-need guardianship for minors that accomplishes both of those purposes. So in the pre-need Guardianship you can name a guardian for the person of your child – that’s the person who’s going to care for your child on a day to day basis – and you also name a guardian for the property of your child if you want someone separate … Perhaps someone has a better financial skills than the guardian of the person.
The pre-need guardianship document is actually filed with the clerk of the court when you sign it, and doing that gives you a strong presumption that the guardians you name in the document will be appointed in the unfortunate event of your early death or disability.