If you have a child under the age of 18 years it is important to appoint a guardian in case you should die unexpectedly. If the child has a surviving parent they will have automatic responsibility for the child but if both parents should die together or the surviving parent is unable or unwilling to care for the child then the named Guardian will take on the day-to-day care of the child and make all decisions in respect of their upbringing, education, health and welfare.
You may wish to name just one Guardian but it is best to name two or more in case any of them are unable to undertake the role when the time comes. Couples can be named to perform the role together. If you do not appoint a Guardian in your Will then the court will make the appointment, usually on the advice of social services, and the people chosen may not be those that you would have chosen yourself.
To discuss the appointment of Guardians further please contact Catherine Murton on 01935 817736 or Hannah Keenan on 01258 440530.