Cover Story Sidebar | All states agree that parents can merely nominate guardians; the
final appointment is up to the courts and the child-welfare
bureaucracy. But family law experts say there are steps you can
take to make your nomination more secure. Here are some suggestions
from the lawyers WORLD interviewed in connection with the Prigge
case: Favor relatives over third parties wherever possible, because
the courts almost certainly will. Develop a relationship between
the child and the person you've named.