If you have minor children, you can appoint someone in your will to act as their guardians in the event of you passing away.
What is the role of a guardian?
A guardian is someone who is responsible for the day to day and long term care, welfare and development of your children.
Most commonly, the person appointed to act as a guardian is another family member, however you can appoint anyone you trust.
You can appoint more than one guardian and you can also appoint a substitute guardian, in the event the first appointed is unable to act.
You can also leave specific instructions in your will for your guardian. Common instructions are for your children to keep attending their existing school and to continue living with close access to their current social networks.
Generally, there is also an authority in your will for your executor to fund from your estate your children’s accommodation, education, medical and other day to day and long term needs.
Appointing a guardian in your will provides peace of mind knowing that your children will be looked after in the event that you and your partner pass away. It also provides certainty to your other family members as to your wishes.
How we can help
If you would like to discuss appointing a guardian in your will, please contact us at Lynch Meyer Lawyers to make an appointment to discuss.