What is a guardianship and what so important about guardianship? Here are 8 things you should really need to know about it:
1. Permanent guardians are appointed in the will or by a letter lodged with guardian, lawyer or family friends.
2. In the event of both parents dieing at the same time, a letter of temporary guardianship can appoint local friends of the family to look after the children until the permanent guardians arrive.
3. Without this letter, the children will be looked after by the local authorities.
4. The court of protection has the ultimate say over guardians, so if they deem your temporary guardian to be unsafe for any reason, they could overrule this (although very unlikely).
5. Most parents would name a friend (maybe parents whose children are friends of their children).
6. A helper should not be named as she may lose her legal right to be in the country upon her employer’s death.
7. Permanent guardians will eventually take the children out of the country and should bring as many identifying documents as they can. Pack documents such as birth certificates and passports.
8. Letters of guardianship should also work in most Civil Code countries.Contact us here to learn more.
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