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Should pets be part of your estate plan?

On Behalf of | Mar 27, 2024 | Estate Planning |

Estate planning involves more than just considering your assets and beneficiaries. It also means considering the welfare of your beloved pets.

Including provisions for your pets in your estate plan is a decision that ensures that others will take good care of them even after you die.

Choosing the right guardian

Selecting a suitable guardian for your pets is important. Consider someone who is not only willing but also able to take on the responsibility of caring for your pets.

This person should be familiar with your pets’ needs and lifestyle to ensure a smooth transition. Discuss your wishes with potential guardians beforehand to ensure they are comfortable and prepared to take on the responsibility.

Allocating funds for care

Incorporating financial provisions for your pets’ care is also important. Although it may be fun to buy items for them, pets can be a drain on the finances. Common expenses include food, veterinary care and grooming. By allocating funds specifically for their care in your estate plan, you can ensure that their new owner does not have a financial burden.

Creating a pet trust

One effective way to provide for your pets’ ongoing care is by establishing a pet trust. A pet trust allows you to set aside funds and outline specific instructions for your pets’ care. You can designate a trustee responsible for managing the funds and ensuring others use them for your pets’ benefit according to your wishes.

Updating your plan regularly

As circumstances change, it is important to revisit your estate plan periodically to ensure it accurately reflects your wishes. This includes any changes regarding your pets, such as new additions or changes in their care needs. By keeping your estate plan up-to-date, you can ensure that your pets stay cared for.

Pets are often thought of as cherished members of the family. By being proactive, you can rest easy and avoid stressing over your furry family members’ futures.



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