Making a Will maybe the last thing on your mind when you are in the midst of busy family life, school runs, holidays, sports clubs and music lessons. However, your children are left extremely exposed if the correct documents are not in place. If you do not have a Will appointing Guardians and the unthinkable should happen to both parents, the children enter the care of the Local Authority. A kind relative or friend will need to make an expensive and time-consuming application to Court to appoint a Guardian. This can lead to distressing family arguments over which member and which side of the family should act as Guardian. All this at a time of great trauma and grief.
Choosing a Guardian is very important decision and one which will need to be reviewed as your children grow and your family circumstances alter. There will never be a perfect solution to this scenario, but it is your responsibility as a parent to put into place a Guardian for your children in your absence.
For further advice, please contact Sarah at Hollingworth Law.