How to Include Your Pets in Your Estate Plan
Your pets are an important part of your family, so it is vital that you include them in your estate plan.
Like naming a guardian for your children, you can name a guardian for your pets. You should do so to
avoid family disagreements if more than one person should want to care for your furry loved ones. A
worst case scenario is if no family member is willing to step forward and take your pet into their home.
In this case, your loved one will go to an animal shelter to be put up for adoption or worse, put down if
no suitable home can be found.
Find a Guardian
Finding a willing guardian for your pets may tricky. You must find a family member who loves animals as
much as you do and has the time and attention to provide proper care. Speak with several family
members to determine who would be the best pet guardian match.
Name Your Pet Guardian in Your Will
Once you have made your guardian selection, include this choice in your Last Will and Testament. This is
a key step to ensure your pets continued health and happiness. If you do not name your choice, your pet
may endure a custody battle.
Leave Money for Your Pet’s Care
Did you know you can’t leave money to your pets? You can, however, leave money for your chosen pet
guardian to use for the care of your pet. To ensure your guardian has plenty of money for pet food and
medical care, create a Pet Trust. Then name your chosen guardian as the trustee to take over once you
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