Three Reasons to Think About Your Pets When You Create Your Estate Plan

You’ve already checked many of the boxes off of your estate planning checklist. You have named a guardian for your children and you have provided for your children, other relatives, and favorite charities through your will and trust documents. However, there is another important member of the family that you might want to provide for whom you may not have thought of yet.

Don’t Forget the Pets

If you fail to provide for your pet in your estate plan then your pet could be at risk of being sent to a shelter or, worse, being put to sleep when you are no longer able to care for your pet. You don’t want your pet to be a financial burden to your loved ones, but you do want someone whom you love and trust to care for your beloved pet.

Accordingly, California law allows you set up a trust specifically for your pet. With proper estate planning, you can:

  • Name the person who will become the pet’s custodian. Be sure to include an alternate or successor custodian in case the first custodian whom you name is unable to care for your pet.
  • Leave money specifically for the pet’s care. This may include money for food, vet bills, and grooming.
  • Make sure that your pet is not used for research or testing.

You can protect your pet during what will certainly be a difficult time for your animal.

Want to Know More?

If you have a pet, or other loved ones that you would like to provide for then please contact us via this website today to set up a meeting. Additionally, we encourage you to share this blog post on Facebook or Twitter so that other pet owners can become informed about their rights and make the decisions that are in the best interests of their dogs, cats, and other pets.

 

James F. Roberts
Founder and owner of the Law Office of James F. Roberts and Associates, a premiere estate planning law firm
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