Having a baby brings loads of new responsibilities. One of these is to make sure that in the event of your untimely death, your children are now considered in your will. Equally important is to ensure you have nominated a testamentary guardian.
A testamentary guardian is the person(s) nominated who are responsible for your child’s welfare if you pass away. A testamentary guardian is the person who will make decisions as to your child’s living arrangements, general health and well being including education. The child does not necessarily need to reside with the guardian.
If you have not nominated a testamentary guardian then next of kin can apply to the Family Court for Guardianship Orders. This may mean that the person appointed by the Family Court as guardian is not the person you would have chosen to have an active role in your child’s life. Family and whanau may not agree as to who should be appointed as guardian, adding tension to family dynamics.
Parenting is a massive responsibility – making sure you have considered your children and their needs in your will is just one of them.