Top 10 tips before making your will – No 3. Do I need to appoint guardians for my children?

14th April 2015

A carefully drafted will can address all your concerns and put your mind to rest about what will happen after you die. Before making your will, you may have many questions about what it can include, and how your loved ones are to be provided for. You may have been married before and have children from different relationships to provide for, you may want to appoint guardians for your children, you may want to plan your funeral arrangements or even what will happen to your pets.

In this series of guides, Shelly Wainwright, wills and probate lawyer at Ansons Solicitors in Lichfield and Cannock, Staffordshire, gives her top 10 tips for making a will.

3. Do I need to appoint guardians for my children?

If you have children under the age of 18 years old you may want to appoint one or two people as guardians. Your will is one of the few places you can record who you would like to look after your children, if both of their parents should die before they are 18 years old.

Remember, it is a good idea to discuss your intentions with your nominated guardians beforehand.

For further advice on what to include in your will, contact Shelly Wainwright in the wills and probate team on 01543 267 981 or email Ansons Solicitors has offices in Cannock and Lichfield, Staffordshire.