What is a testamentary guardian?

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A testamentary guardian is a person appointed in a will to look after a child or children under the age of 18 years in the event of the death of their parents or legal guardians. 

This is an important consideration for parents who want to ensure that their children are cared for by someone they trust, should anything happen to them. 

A testamentary guardian has legal authority to make important decisions for the child, including decisions about their care, welfare, and education. The role of a testamentary guardian is to act in the best interests of the child and make decisions that align with the parents’ wishes as expressed in their will. 

If a testamentary guardian is not appointed in a will, a court may have to determine who will take care of the child. This can lead to lengthy and costly legal battles, as well as uncertainty about the child’s future. 

By appointing a testamentary guardian in a will, parents can provide peace of mind and ensure that their children are looked after by someone they trust. 

Geelong Legal can provide advice and guidance on appointing a testamentary guardian. Our Geelong wills and estate planning lawyers can help ensure that your will reflects your wishes for your children’s future care. 

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