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Will Writing For New Parents Make writing your will your New Year’s resolution! – A Collaborative Post.

Recently my husband and I wrote our wills just incase we need one. Writing a will is something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time and never got around to. Yes I know, no parent is perfect but this is super important and I’m so glad I finally got myself organised. Today I am sharing why parents need a will and how to choose the right guardian for your child. 

Why do parents need a will?

Writing a will is often pushed aside whilst parents adapt to the busy, fast-paced and exciting life that comes with having a newborn. The legal profession is changing rapidly and moving online. Writing your will online can take less than 30 minutes and you do not need to see a lawyer.

More than half of UK parents don’t have a will and although we don’t like to think about death, dying without a will can lead to undue stress and worry for those you leave behind.

Writing your will ensures that your family is provided for and more importantly it allows you to appoint guardians for your children.

If both parents were to die without naming guardians, then it may be up to the local authority or the courts to decide who should look after your children.

In addition to this, writing a will as a parent can:

  • Save your family stress: you die without a will, it means you have died “intestate.” This often leads to a lot more paperwork and slows down the probate process. 
  • Provide for your children: you can gift specific items or money to your children along with leaving them messages in your will.
  • Leave assets to your partner: unmarried partners won’t be entitled to anything if you die without a will. For some couples it may be important to get a will to ensure that their estate is split as they wish.

Why do you need to appoint a guardian for your children?

Unfortunately, by the age of 16, 1 in 20 young people will have experienced the death of one or both of their parents. It is not easy to think about but we never know what is around the corner and without appointing a guardian, you wouldn’t get a say in who takes care of your children. 

Appointed guardians will only be called upon in situations where there are no surviving people with parental responsibility. If your partner has parental responsibility for your child, they will automatically take care of them. 

How do I choose the right guardians for my children?

Most people will choose a close family member or friend to be their child’s guardian. Choosing guardians can be difficult so it can help to draw up a list of people.

You should take into account people’s values, responsibility, their location and perhaps if they have other children already.

Age is also an important factor as, whilst parents could make sense, raising a child is at least a 18 year commitment so you need to take into account the age of your parents. 

Once you’ve chosen a guardian it is a good idea to talk to them and let them know. If they are happy being asked, then all you need to do is add them to the will.

Taking the next step: write your will now

If you have a child under 18 years old, writing a will and appointing guardians is important planning for the future. Guardian Angel is an online will writer where you can easily write a will online at your own pace. Start today from the comfort of home in no time. Just follow the steps below:

  • Follow the link to write a will with Guardian Angel and create an account.
  • Fill in your details in your own time.
  • Once your will is submitted, one for our experts will review and approve your will before it gets sent to you to be signed.

If you make your will with Guardian Angel we are always on hand if you have any questions. Importantly for parents, if you write your will online with Guardian Angel then you have lifetime access and can make updates at any time to change your guardians if you would like to. Or add another child to your will.

For a limited time Guardian Angel is offering 30% off with the code WILL-30. This discount is available on both single and couple wills which normally cost £90 and £140 respectively. 

Don’t put off making a will any longer and protect your family in case the worst happens. 

Disclosure: I was able to create my own will with Guardian Angel in exchange for this post.