With the welcome news of the royal birth, one Shrewsbury law firm is urging HRHs William and Kate – and other new mums and dads across the county – to take a little time out to update their legal documents.
With the Prince of Cambridge joining the royal ranks, William and Kate will need to update their wills and also give some thought to guardianship and protection in the future warns Lynn Vowles, a Solicitor with Shrewsbury based PCB Solicitors.
“I know that it’s the last thing that most new parents want to think about, particularly when they’re knee-deep in nappies and night feeds, but it’s essential that they take just a little time out in these early days to give them ongoing peace of mind in the future. It’s commonly assumed amongst most parents that their wishes will be carried out if the worst should ever happen, but if they die intestate – without making a will – there are no guarantees that this will happen.”
“And if they pass away before their child or children reach 18, then a legal guardian needs to be appointed to take on responsibility for the day-to-day care of the children, their education, and their finances. Although the court will appoint someone it thinks appropriate in this role if needed, most parents would much rather make such an important choice themselves. And there are other considerations as well – perhaps not what you may wish to think about when you’re holding a new bundle of joy in your arms, but something that you absolutely should.”
Support and advice
“Becoming a parent is daunting to say the least and the whole team at PCB Solicitors wishes William and Kate well at this special time. And if they – or any other new parents – need any support, advice or guidance myself and my colleagues are just on the end of the phone on 01952 403000” she concluded.
PCB Solicitors LLP is a modern partnership, with offices in Shrewsbury, Broseley, Church Stretton, Craven Arms, Knighton, Ludlow, Telford, and Worcester. While they have origins back to 1860, the firm is forward-looking and offers a full range of legal advice for both individuals and businesses, including property, family advice and childcare matters, wills, trusts, probate and estate planning, accident and personal injury, litigation, criminal law and corporate and business law.
For further information about PCB Solicitors’ complete range of legal services, please contact the Shrewsbury Head office on 01743 248148 or visit the website www.pcblaw.co.uk.
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