Single parents must write a will to ensure that a guardian is appointed for their children should the worst occur, it has been claimed.

According to Richard Cook, regional chairman of the Society of Will Writers and senior writer at Paragon Legal Services in Colchester, the children of single parents who neglect to write a will could become the responsibility of social services if their parent dies.

“Single parents are usually more pressed for money and time and they don’t get around to writing a will,” said Mr Cook.

Many grandparents and long-term partners believe they will get automatic custody of the child; however, this is not always true, reported the Halstead Gazette.

In related news, January has been designated Single Parent Month by the Society of Will Writers.

The group urges parents to write a will as doing so is “the single most important thing” that they can do to ensure guardianship arrangements are put in place should the worst occur.

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