A parent cannot directly appoint (i.e., give legal authority) a Guardian. The parent can influence the guardianship process by nominating a person(s) to be considered by the Court to be appointed the Guardian. The nomination must be properly made in the proper legal documentation.
Like most people, young parents believe they need a “Will.” They are not sure why. And, like most people, they do not know the importance of several other key documents they should execute for other situations that may occur if parents are incapacitated and do not die.
Many times, people believe an estate plan is accomplished with a "Will." Many do not know or understand why. Additionally, they do not know that a "Will" is not enough, and, in fact, may not be necessary.