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Guardianship for children: The most important reason you need a Will.

A parent of children under 18 dies every 22 minutes in the UK; around 23,600 a year. This equates to around 111 children being bereaved of a parent every day.
a young bereaved child


"I don't need a Will I don't have any stuff" Is this you? This could be the most harmful assumption you could ever make and the most damaging to the welfare of your children. This blog explains why.


Nominating guardianship in your will is one of many important reasons to have a will. In ensuring that your children are taken care of in the event of your death. It allows you to choose people who will be responsible for the physical and emotional well-being of your children, rather than leaving the decision to the courts.


What happens if I don't arrange guardianship?


Without a nominated guardian, your children may end up being placed in the care of a stranger or a relative who may not have the same values or goals for their upbringing as you do. This can lead to conflicts and uncertainty for your children, who may already be facing a difficult and emotional time due to your passing.

a young family in need of writing their will to ensure guardianship for the kids

Nominating guardians also allows you to specify any preferences or guidelines for the care of your children, such as the type of education you would like them to receive or any religious or cultural considerations. This can provide your children with stability and continuity in their upbringing, even in the absence of their parents.


What if I want to change the guardianship?


It’s important to regularly review and update your nominated guardians as your circumstances change, as the individuals you originally chose may no longer be suitable or available. It’s also important to have open and honest conversations with your nominated guardians about your wishes and expectations for the care of your children.


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Overall, nominating guardians in your will is a crucial step in ensuring that your children are taken care of and that your wishes for their upbringing are respected. Don’t leave it to chance – take the time to thoughtfully consider and nominate guardianship in your will.


If you’re looking to write your will or lasting power of attorney book an appointment with Joshua Young. I am A Will Writer covering Farnborough, Basingstoke, Camberley, Aldershot and the surrounding areas. Click here to book a free consultation now


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