The sad fact is most young people don’t have a Will, and if you’re young and with children it’s really important you appoint guardians in case anything happens to you and your partner.
A Will is the only legal document that allows you to appoint testamentary guardians for your children. What this means is, if you and your partner die, your children and immediately looked after by your family and by your loved-ones.
It is also given as the biggest reason why people don’t make Wills, because they simply can’t decide who their guardians should be. But if you die and leave behind children under the age of 18, you are making them wards of court, nobody want to do that.
I’m not going to scare you and pretend that the local authority are going to rush in and take you’re children into care, because they are not! But you can be assured that without legal testamentary guardians appointed by a valid will, social services are going to be involved in your children’s lives until they are 18. This is why appointing a guardian is one of the most important things you can do with your Will.
If you want to discuss making a Will or testamentary guardianship in more detail, please contact us. Next up I’ll be talking about choosing executors for your Will.