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Starting a family

If you are going to have (or already have) children you need a Will to ensure they are looked after by your choice of legal guardians should you die before they are 18. Many parents also choose to protect children from inheriting wealth before they are at an age where they are likely to be responsible enough to know how to best use it.

Did you know that...

  • For births registered before December 2003, a father who has not married a mother yet is named on the Birth Certificate will not have automatic parental responsibility?
  • If you die without a Will, your children will not automatically pass to your family members?
  • If you die without a Will, the court will appoint someone to deal with your estate. This can delay your relatives receiving their inheritance. It may mean it will not be allocated fairly, or how you wish. It may cause further distress to your loved ones at a time when they are already overpowered by their grief?

What happens if I have children and die without a Will?

If you have children and die without a Will, the courts will use intestacy rules to decide who gets legal guardianship.

Why not try this interactive intestacy quiz to find out what would happen if you died without a Will?

Did you know?
If you die without a Will, your child may not be cared for by family members.