What We Can Learn About Guardianship From GoT?

Hi there, Bridget Mackay. Offices of Bridget Mackay, I’m here in Petaluma. I practice in the area of estate planning and elder law and this video blog series is highlighting some lessons we can learn from the Game of Thrones.

Today I want to talk about guardianships. And since the Starks are my favorite house, I think they also have a good example there. If you remember, I believe it was in season two, where Catelyn asks Lady Brienne to find her girls and protect them. This is not the best option for providing guardianship for your minor children. She didn’t put anything in writing. She’s relying on this one person to seek out her daughters and make sure that they are protected.

In our real lives we often do this as well. We’ll often think, “Well my mom or dad will take care of my kids if something happened to me”. Or my best friend or any number of people. And you may even have conversations with those people that if something happens to me, I want you to raise my child. Unfortunately, that doesn’t have as much legal force as if you had written it down in a will and assigned guardianship.

So, if Catelyn Stark had a really good estate planning attorney and she went to her and I mean for sure Lady Brienne is a great choice to be a guardian for children. At least in terms of protecting them, maybe not raising them. Then that’s the best way to protect your children and make sure that they are being raised and taken care of if someone, by someone that you choose. And they have the force of a legal document to support that.

If you have any other questions or concerns, seek out an experienced attorney in your area in estate planning and they can answer all your questions.