Guardianship Bonds

Written by Michael O'Brien
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Guardianship bonds are in the family of court bonds. They are important genealogical sources. When children are displaced by an unforeseen parental death, guardianship is registered in court. This information is critical in carrying out the will.

The Purpose of Guardianship Bonds

Guardianship bonds guarantee that the duties of an executor or fiduciary are properly carried out in accordance with the law and the wishes expressed in a contract. Such a contract usually consists of a will, but can also mean adherence to local government based regulations.

In the above example, guardianship bonds protect the interest of children who have lost their parents in several important ways. First, it ensures that they are financially cared for by making sure they inherit any money their parents left to them. It is also important that proper guardianship be appointed for the raising and care of displaced children.

Should legal negligence or misconduct occur on the part of a fiduciary or executor, it could cost all parties involved quite a bit. This is where the bonding process comes in. Surety companies will cover financial loss and force the party responsible to pay them back. It's important to note, however, that such action is always undesirable, unexpected, and financially devastating. Sureties only bond companies they know they can rely on and will not make such legal errors.

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