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Safety, Products and Liability: A Legal Blog

Welcome to my blog. This blog is dedicated to helping anyone who is currently in the midst of a liability issue. A few years ago, my daughter contracted listeria due to poorly packaged food. She, thankfully, was okay, but we still took her case to court. I want all families who have been affected by liability issues to understand their rights, so I decided to start this blog. My beautiful daughter is now 17 and preparing to start uni next year. I have three younger children as well and an amazing husband. Thank you for reading my blog. Please share my posts if they help you!

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Safety, Products and Liability: A Legal Blog

Should You Change Your Children's Guardian in Your Will?

by Liesanne Martin

When you started your family, you may have also started to sort out your estates with your lawyer. To protect your children, you'll have made a will to make sure they're looked after if you die. This included choosing a guardian to look after the kids.

While you chose your guardian carefully when you made your will, time changes things. If you made your will a few years ago, then it's worth reviewing your guardianship provision. Why is this a good idea?

Your Guardian's Circumstances Have Changed

The best guardian for your kids a few years back is not necessarily the best choice now. People and their circumstances change over the years, and it's important to make sure that your original choice is still the right one. For example, you may have chosen your parents to be guardians originally. At that point, they were fit, healthy and capable of taking on your kids.

However, over the years, one of your parents has died, and the other has health issues. You may worry that your surviving parent wouldn't be able to cope with your kids any longer. Your parent may actually also prefer not to be named as their guardian now if they feel that taking on a new family would be too much for them.

Your Family's Circumstances Have Changed

If your family has expanded over the years, then you may have more kids to factor into the guardianship mix than before. The guardian you chose originally may have agreed to take on the child you had when you made your will, but they may not be as keen or able to take on multiple children. The age of your children is also a factor here. If your kids have grown into teenagers since you made the will, then they may have different needs from a guardian than they did when they were younger.

You may simply feel that the guardian you chose for them originally isn't such a good fit now. You may want to switch to one who already has teenage children of their own or who is used to bringing up older kids. If you do decide to change your children's guardian, then contact your lawyer. They can update your will. This may also be a good time to check your will over generally to make sure that it is up to date and covers all your family's needs.