A person or couple you appoint now to care for your minor child(ren) if anything happens to you in the future. Typically, a guardian is named in your will, as well as one or more successor guardians who may act if your first choice is unavailable. The guardian will be responsible for all aspect of your child’s life until your child reaches the age of 18. When choosing a guardian, you should consider someone who shares your values, who is physically and emotionally able to care for your children, who is responsible, and who is willing to act. Although a guardian must be approved by the court, most state laws give priority to your selection. If possible, you may set aside money to be available for the guardian to use with respect to caring for your children.