Protecting the ones you love
Being a parent is an amazing thing and with so much going on, the one thing that can be overlooked is sorting out things like your Will. Protecting your family has never felt more important, yet you just don’t seem to have time to sort it.
There is also a perception that younger couples don’t need a Will and that you only need one when you get “older”. But in reality having a child, owning a property or getting married are the key times when getting a Will written is so important.
Did you know…
There are some startling facts that many people aren’t aware of when it comes to Wills. For example, without a Will…
- If you have children under 18, the courts may decide who their guardian will be in the event of your death.
- If you are unmarried, your partner won’t automatically receive any of your estate nor automatically gain guardianship to any children
- If you have married, any previous Will may become invalid
These facts can feel quite unsettling but don’t worry because arranging a Will is really straightforward and once it is done, it gives you real peace of mind that your family and loved ones are protected.
Caring for your children
Writing a Will allows you to appoint a guardian for your children (up to the age of 18) should the worst happen to you and your partner. Without a Will, the local authority will decide who should look after your children, and it isn’t always the immediate family. You may think that a Godparent will step in, but Godparents have no legal rights around children. Therefore, they would need to be named in your Will.
A Will also gives you the opportunity to help plan out your child’s future finances, think about providing for other dependents or step children you may have as well as deciding on the age of inheritance and appointing trustees until they reach that age.
Talk to an expert
Thank you to Heritage Wills Writers for writing this guest blog for us.
They know that time is precious. So that’s why they offer free appointments at home until 8pm so you can talk in comfort, knowing that the children are (hopefully) asleep. Heritage Will Writers have been dedicated Will Writers since 2002. They’ve recently won Regional and National Will Writing Organisation of the Year Awards, so you have peace of mind you are talking to the experts. For more information on Heritage Wills Writers, take a look at their website here. We look forward to welcoming them back to The Norfolk Bump & Beyond Baby and Toddler Fair on Sunday 29th March 2020!