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Should I appoint Guardians in my Will?

If your children are still under the age of 18, it is important that you consider who might take
care of them in the event of your death.

A Guardian or Guardians coud be appointed to act on your death or only once you and your partner have both passed away. A guardian will assume responsibilty for decisions affecting your childrens day-to-day care.  It is imperative that you seek consent before appointing a Guardian.

If you and your partner are unmarried and have children then if the father is not on the children's birth certificate then the mother of the children will need to appoint the father as her first choice of guardian as, under the current law, he does not have any automatic rigts to the children if she passes away.

If you have children over the age of 18 while one or more are under 18 then you can appoint an older child as guardian of the younger.   

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