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Revising your Will when you have a new baby in the family is crucial for several important reasons. Here are the key considerations:


  1. Guardianship Provisions

Appointing a Guardian: One of the most critical reasons to update your Will is to appoint a guardian for your new child. This ensures that, in the event of your untimely death, your child will be cared for by someone you trust.

Contingency Plans: It’s also wise to name a secondary guardian in case your first choice is unable or unwilling to take on the responsibility.

  1. Financial Security for Your Child

Setting Up a Trust: You can establish a trust for your child’s benefit. This can help manage the inheritance responsibly until your child reaches a certain age.

Designating Beneficiaries: Update the Beneficiaries on your Will to include your new child, ensuring they are provided for financially.

Life Insurance Proceeds: Make sure your life insurance policy Beneficiaries are updated to reflect your new child, either directly or through a trust.

  1. Distribution of Assets

Ensuring Fair Distribution: By revising your Will, you can ensure that your assets are distributed according to your current wishes, taking into account the needs and future of your new child.

Updating Specific Bequests: You might want to make specific provisions for your new child, such as setting aside certain assets for their education or future needs.

  1. Changing Family Dynamics

Reflecting Current Relationships: Family dynamics can change with the arrival of a new baby. Updating your Will can reflect your current wishes and relationships, including stepchildren or children from previous relationships.

Adjusting for Multiple Children: If you have other children, revising your Will ensures that your new child is included and treated fairly, avoiding potential disputes or feelings of exclusion.

  1. Legal Compliance and Tax Considerations

Ensuring Legal Validity: Updating your Will helps ensure it complies with current laws and reflects your current family situation.

Tax Planning: A revised Will can help with Estate planning and minimizing potential taxes on your Estate, ensuring more of your assets go to your children.

  1. Peace of Mind

Reducing Uncertainty: An updated Will provides clear instructions, reducing the potential for family disputes and ensuring your wishes are followed.

Clarity for Executors: It gives clear guidance to your Executors, making their job easier and ensuring your Estate is managed according to your wishes.


Steps to Update Your Will

Consult an Estate Lawyer: Get professional legal advice to ensure your Will is updated correctly and in compliance with current laws.

Reassess Your Wishes: Consider your new child’s needs and how you want to provide for them.

Communicate with Family: Discuss your plans with your partner and other family members to ensure everyone is aware of your wishes.

By revising your Will when you have a new baby, you ensure their future is secure, your assets are distributed according to your wishes, and potential legal and financial complications are minimized. If you need some help with Estate Planning and Trusts feel free to reach out to Peter Peter@Smartwills.ca

Please remember that almost all individuals and families should consider their Estate Plans (which equally and importantly include their Wills) every 3-5 years.


Read our latest blog post on Understanding the Complexities of Disinheritance and the Rising Trend of Contested Estates

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This material is for general information and educational purposes only. Information is based on data gathered from what we believe are reliable sources. It is not guaranteed as to accuracy, does not purport to be complete and is not intended to be used as a primary basis for investment decisions.

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