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What happens to your children if you don’t write a will?

Find out how to protect your family if the worst happened

The single most important thing parents with no will need to know about why they should make one

Local authorities or the courts could be charged with deciding guardianship for your children

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As a new parent your will really should be written as soon as possible after your baby is born! 
 
Naming your preferred guardian of your children in your will, if the worst happened, seriously is the single most important thing you can do to protect your family.  
 
It’s a key part of your life-long responsibility to your children. So, although making a will with a new baby on the scene might be far from your mind, you really must commit to making it a reality. 

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Bounty Joy is giving you the opportunity to write your Will for free together with FREEWILLS.

What happens to my children if I die without a will? 

Disturbingly, if you don’t outline your wishes and choose a guardian (or guardians) in your will and both parents die without a will, your local authority or the courts could be charged with deciding guardianship for your children.  
 
While courts and local authorities understandably prefer to choose immediate family, this is not automatically guaranteed. It can also be complicated if you’ve got a complex family situation, like former partners or estranged children or family members you need to consider - this can lead to unnecessary uncertainty and financial worry surrounding your bereaved children.  
 
So, you see, it’s not even all about money. Writing a Will is about making sure that if you or your partner were to die, your children will be cared for (and that your estate will be divided the way you wish for it to be).

Bounty is giving you the opportunity to write your Will for free

Quite simply, making a will allows you to appoint guardians for your children. Most people nominate more than one guardian, or substitute guardians in case the first becomes unwilling or unable to take the role.  

Obviously, you'll want to discuss this with the people you choose before naming them as guardians. 
 
It’s important that you know that choosing a godparent is legally not the same as choosing a guardian. If your child has godparents that you would wish to look after them if you die, you must name them as guardians in your Will - otherwise they have no legal rights.  

Don’t delay! 

You’ve already invested so much love, time (and energy) growing your baby and buying essentials in the months leading up to their birth. Writing a Will is another vitally important baby checklist essential. 

What’s the catch? 

Good news! There isn’t one, but you can invest in the good of your family AND choose to do good for charity when you write your free Will.
There’s no obligation to make a charity gift, yet if you do choose to donate (it doesn’t matter how big or small you gift is) you may wish to consider that Bounty Joy is delighted to be supporting Tommy’s.  

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Leaving a gift to in your Will to Tommy’s will lead to breakthroughs that will ensure it can achieve its vision: making the UK the safest place in the world to give birth.

Making a gift to charity is fantastic way to support a cause you care about and our partner FreeWILLS, also gives you the option to select a preferred charity from a comprehensive partner list including; NSPCC, Cancer Research, British Heart Foundation Mind and Save the Children - or you can simply include the name and Charity Number of any favourite cause that is close to your heart.

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Bounty is giving you the opportunity to write your Will for free together with FREEWILLS.

What happens to your children if you don’t write a will?