Death is not something that a lot of us have on our minds but it is still something that we should take into account. What would happen to your children if something were to happen to you? There are steps that you can take to insure that your children are taken care of in the event that you were to die or something happened to you.
Guardianship gives the selected person the legal rights over a person to make sure that they are taken care of. A Godparent is also another name for guardianship but without the legal mess of it. In Singapore by law, there would need to be a legal form granting this person rights over the children in order for them to be granted guardianship right away.
Planning for your future is also planning smart. There is a lot that can happen once you are gone and this is one more way of making sure that your final wishes are met.
If you have a will, you can list this information in it. Make sure that you update your will often and that you consider all the pros and cons of the person in consideration for this. It would also be smarter to talk to this person and see what they think about the idea before you add this to your will.
Call a Probate Lawyer
If you do not already have a will in place, you can start one by contacting an wills and probate lawyer in Singapore or doing one on your own with a self help guide and forms. Doing a will through an attorney in Singapore is probably your best bet at making sure that everything is done the way that you would like and they can also help you with all the legal stuff and documenting the forms so that they do not become loss or stolen.
The will should also explain why you have chosen this person as the guardian over your children and how you know this person. This will give the judge and idea of why you would consider this person and if this person is the right person for your children. Everything must go through a judge before the final wishes are granted to make sure that this is in the best interest of the children.
What If Your Partner is Still Living?
If there is another parent who is still living, this parent will have first consideration over the guardianship of the children. If you feel that this parent should not be considered, explain why so that the judge can seek further information on this and make his final decision.
Also, note that any assets that the children have can be put into someone else’s name to give out as the children need it or you can write a specific plan of action for the assets. If you do not want them touched until the children reach a certain age, you will need to make a note of this. If you want the guardian to have all assets over the children until a certain point, you can also add this in there.
To have your final will noticed, you would need to have it notarized by a notary republic to finalize it. If you do it through a lawyer in Singapore, they will usually have a notary to do this for you.