Do I need to get a guardian’s permission before I nominate them to raise my children if I pass away?

No. The guardian you nominate will have to decide at the time you pass away if they accept your nomination to assume this important role. For this reason, we recommend that parents nominate at least three individuals or couples who can potentially raise their kids, in the order of preference, just in case someone declines or predeceases you.  Because parents often change their choice of guardian over the years, we recommend that parents inform a potential guardian that they are one of the persons considered, but not reveal the exact order if there is concern over hurting anyone’s feelings.