Have children? You need a will.Smart Will
As parents we all hope that we are going to be in our children’s lives for as long as possible, seeing them grow and develop. Of course, for many of us this is the case and we get to be there for all their main milestones, however, for some this is cut short, perhaps due to an illness or an accident. We are taken from our children and someone else is going to have to raise them, all without us.
If you have a partner, then chances are that you are going to want them to take care of your children should you no longer be around, but what if you are a single parent? What if you don’t have anyone by your side helping you to raise your children? Children will automatically go in to social care if there is no guardian appointed as social services have a duty of care and can not let children go into the care of the immediate family without first doing checks.
If this is true for you then it is time to think about appointing guardians.
What are guardians?
When it comes to children, a guardian is a legally appointed person who is named by the parent of the child or children concerned. A legal guardian is given the responsibility of raising that child, as well as making all of the key decisions that relates to raising and taking care of that child.
Anyone who has an interest in your children can be appointed as a guardian to your children. This could be a family member, a carer, a professional person or perhaps a chief social work officer.
You do need to think carefully about who you want to be a guardian to your child or children. It should be someone who you trust, someone who you know will raise your children properly and that you can see making similar decisions to what you would make as a parent.
How do I appoint them?
You need to appoint a guardian through your will, you will name them as a part of this legal document and then, should you die and leave your children behind you will know that legally there is going to be someone to take care of them.
Make it easy with the Smart Will app
Writing a will can be one of those tasks that are pushed to the back of your mind, especially when you have lots of other things that you need to get done on a daily basis. However, you really should make the time to write your will and appoint your guardians. Online Wills make it far easier and more cost-effective than using a solicitor.
Make things that little bit easier by taking a look at the Smart Will app, finding everything that you need to write your will, without it taking too much of your time or being too difficult to do. In no time at all, you can have your will set out and also have the peace of mind that your children will be taken care of when you are no longer around.