It is estimated that a staggering 77% of parents with children under the age of 5 do not have a Will.
I work closely with the Norfolk based charity, Nelson’s Journey, who are there to support bereaved children and young people throughout Norfolk. They one told me during one of our meetings that a parent dies every 22mins in the UK, leaving one or no surviving parent(s). This statistic really highlights the need for guardianship provision.
I am always amazed by the number of parents I speak to who do not have a Will, despite having (minor) children. They are always surprised when I tell them that the only way to ensure their children are looked after by the people they would like to have as guardians is by making a Will.
By making a Will you can set out who you would like to look after your children should you die while they are below 18 (your guardians). As a parent you need to choose a guardian (or a set of guardians) for your children, this can be a family member or a friend, there are no set rules. Choosing a guardian can be very stressful and it can cause many arguments but that doesn’t mean that it should be avoided.
Here are some things for you to consider when thinking about guardians;
- their age
- their general health;
- the location (whether you’re happy if your children need to move area); and
- whether you feel that they can handle your children.
You should also talk to them about being guardians as they may not want to do it or feel that they are able to do it.
Putting off making a Will can be very risky for your children’s future. By not having a Will with a guardianship clause you potentially risk your children having to go through court battles, family disputes and possibly even foster care! At least if you’ve made a Will it is clear where you want your children to go as otherwise everyone’s interpretation of your perceived wishes will be different and disputes can arise.
In addition to appointing guardians, you can state how you would like your children to be looked after and how they can be provided for financially.
I am a mum to 4 year old twins and I know buy generic ventolin first hand how busy life as a parent can be but I also know how important it is to ensure that our children are looked after. I can’t imagine not being there for my twins well into old age but the harsh reality is that may not happen.
Most of my client’s recently have been parents of young children looking to make a Will to ensure that correct guardianship provision has been made for their children. I offer appointments in the comfort of your own home at a convenient time for you, including evenings and weekends – my client’s who have young children have really appreciated this service as I would normally visit them once their littles are in bed and they can then focus on our meeting without distraction.
If you would like to make an appointment or have a query regarding making your Will, please feel free to contact me via email or phone on email@example.com and 07972 212 355 or 01953 423 439.
Please note that this information is provided as a guide only and in accordance with the current laws as at the date of publishing.
About me and Trusted-Wills.co.uk
My name is Natalie. I am the owner of Trusted-Wills.co.uk, a wife to Darren and a ‘stay at home’ Mum to my 4 year old twins. Prior to the arrival of my twins, I worked in a number of law firms specialising in Property Law. Whilst on maternity I retrained in Wills and Estate Planning, became a will writing consultant (and a member of The Society of Will Writers) and set up Trusted-Wills.co.uk.
I have successfully helped a number of clients with a variety to needs – from single mums to married couples with/without young children to a 92 year old widow. I personally visit each of these clients and enjoy my time getting to know each of them, including listening to their tales and stories.
My website is www.trusted-wills.co.uk and contains a range of information relating to will writing and estate planning. If you wish to contact me, please feel free to do so via email or phone: firstname.lastname@example.org and 07972 212 355 or 01953 423 439