What The Kardashians Can Teach You About Making A Will
By Lauren Taggart
What comes to your mind when I say the words “The Kardashians”?
Contouring, body goals, selfies, breaking the internet, smart business women maybe? I’m sure most of you would agree with at least one of those answers. If I said “wills”, you would probably look at me oddly. However, (without judgement) I was recently watching an episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians where Khloe was in her third trimester of pregnancy of her first child and thinking of if something should happen to her, who would look after her child as a guardian. This got me thinking about the importance of guardianship when making a will.
Stereotypically us Irish folk do not like to discuss the morbid topic of death, we usually make a joke out of things, especially when it comes to wills, “sure I won’t care when I’m dead”. We are quite ignorant to the fact that there are consequences when the tragedy of death strikes and no will is in place. As someone who previously worked in IT for 7 years before recently joining the world of law I had no idea of what said consequences where, I will admit I was a joker too. I had recently attended some probate training, and whilst yes, the law can be boring for those not interested, when we break it down into facts and consequences it can hit home. Guardianship was a heavily covered topic and it brought me back to the episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians. I had asked myself, “Why at the age of 34 was Khloe worried about who would be her child’s legal guardian if something should happen to her?” It may be that American culture is a little more factual and it’s just what they do as soon as they have a child. However, the consequences of not having a will are pretty simple to break down into why it’s so important:
1. If you die before your child/ren turn the age of 18 and do not have a will in place outlining who you wish to legally become his/her/their guardian then the courts will step in and appoint a guardian for you.
2. If you die before your child/ren turn the age of 18 and do not have a will in place outlining who you wish to legally become his/her/their guardian, it is possible for someone with an interest in the child to apply to the court to be appointed a guardian of the child.
This is relevant to any parent and even more so for single parents, especially those where the other parent has had no involvement in the child’s life.
I have 3 close friends with children who I spoke to on this.
The first of which with 4 children under the age of 5, happily married who knew about the importance but has, standardly “Irish” put it on the long finger, as has her husband.
The second of which happily in a relationship but does not get on with her own parents, who had no idea of the consequences of no will.
The third a single parent who hasn’t seen the other parent since news that she was pregnant, who again had no idea of the consequences of no will.
Whilst I wonder on whether it is that we aren’t fully educated on these things in Ireland, or whether it’s not part of our culture; Why is it that the Kardashians can cause crazes here like contouring, must have lip kits and selfies, yet we haven’t copped on to a more important one of making a will? #makeawill #belikeakardashian