In California, a guardianship is necessary for a child who does not have a parent to care for them. Guardianship of a minor allows the court to appoint a responsible person to take care of a child in need. Estate planning can ease worries about who the court might appoint to be guardian of your child when you can't.
It is not uncommon for a minor child to be named as a beneficiary in a will. In California, minor children are not allowed to inherit large sums of money outright. When a minor child inherits property, a guardian of the child’s estate must be appointed until the child turns 18-years-old or is deemed mature [...]