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Have you made plans for your pet if something happens to you?

On Behalf of | Mar 22, 2022 | Estate Planning |

For most people, a pet is a valued family member. One thing that you need to remember is that your pets can’t take care of themselves. If something happens to you, it’s imperative that you have plans for them. Pets whose owners didn’t plan for their care often end up in a shelter when their owner passes away.

You have to protect your pet from that type of situation. You can do this by including your companion animal in your estate plan. You can designate a caregiver and put aside money in a pet trust so that the person who has your pet can care for them appropriately.

Who will take care of your pet?

Someone is going to have to take care of your pet. Instead of letting your pet end up in a home you don’t approve of, you can designate who will care for them. Make sure that you choose someone who will care for your animal as well as you would.

What special care does the pet need?

You should leave instructions for the person who will be caring for your animal. Telling them things like what veterinarian has the pet’s records and what a day is like for the pet may help them to do things that will assist them with transitioning to a new way of life.

Everyone should ensure that their animal companions will receive proper care if the owner passes away. Getting together this plan in writing can help spare your precious pet confusion and worse. Be sure you have experienced legal guidance so that your wishes for your pet are codified legally and thoroughly. This can give you needed peace of mind.

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