Jan 28

Things you Need to Clarify with your Wills Solicitors Before Appointing a Guardian

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Things you Need to Clarify with your Wills Solicitors Before Appointing a Guardian

Why Do I need to appoint a Guardian?

Due to unfortunate circumstances if both parents were to pass away (for example in a car accident) the children younger than 18 years of age will be assigned a guardian by the court if the parents have not done so themselves. This appointed guardian may not be someone you would have preferred yourself. According to Wills Solicitors you need to appoint a guardian in your Will so that your children are taken care of by a person whom you have chosen in your lifetime.

What Do I have to do to appoint a Guardian?

Before mentioning the names of your preferred guardians in your will, you need to first approach them to see if they are willing to handle the responsibilities of your child after your death. Wills Solicitors also recommend that you appoint an alternate guardian in case the original guardian passes away or is no longer willing to take up the responsibilities.

What are the Responsibilities of a Guardian?

Wills Solicitors Recommend that a Guardian should be capable of providing the following:-

  • Every day care and for surviving children.
  • Making decisions regarding the children’s upbringing, education, health and welfare.
  • The guardian will also act as a trustee for the property held in trust for the children.

For information you are more than welcome to get in touch with our expert wills solicitors at Walker Wise Solicitors by phone on 01254 300 966 or email enquiries@walkerwise.co.uk.