You love your pet, and you want to make sure that he or she is taken care of after you’re gone. You may not know how to do this, but don’t worry: It’s easier than you think! In this article, I’ll cover the basics of estate planning for pets and how it can help the dog, cat, iguana or whoever you have in your life continue to be a good boy even after you can’t help them anymore. Because who’s a good boy? Your pet’s a good boy.
Pets are part of the family, so they should be protected and provided for in your estate plan along with other loved ones and assets
Pets are part of the family, and they should be protected and provided for in your estate plan along with other loved ones and assets. Pets are not just property, they are family members. They have feelings and emotions that can suffer when they lose their owner or guardian. In some cases, these animals have been with an individual longer than any human friend! They deserve to be included in your will as well as being cared for by someone who will love them just as much as you did when alive (or even more).
It’s never too early to start thinking about what will happen to your pets after you pass away.
However, if you wait too long, it may be too late. You need to make sure that your wishes are known by those who will be responsible for carrying them out.
Consider hiring a lawyer to help you create an estate plan.
If you have pets, it is important to have a plan in place for them. A lawyer can help you create a will and make sure that the right people are named as executor(s), trustee(s), successor trustee(s), power of attorney and/or guardian(s). They also know how best to deal with pets in these documents.
A good estate planning lawyer will ask questions about your pet’s needs so they know what type of caretaker would be best suited for them; many lawyers have connections with local shelters that specialize in helping animals find new homes when their owners pass away or become unable to care for them anymore
Although courts see pets as property, choose a guardian for your pet.
Although the courts see pets as property, you should choose a guardian for your pet. A guardian can be a family member, friend or neighbor. Alternatively, it could be a professional caregiver who specializes in taking care of animals.
If possible, appoint two people as co-guardians so there’s someone who can step in if something happens to one person before the other dies or becomes incapacitated themselves (elderly parents often worry about this).
Provide for your pet in your will and other legal documents.
If you have a pet, it’s important to think about how they’ll be cared for after your death. If a family member or friend isn’t willing or able to take on the responsibility of caring for your pet, consider other options such as finding them a new home with someone who is able to do so. Another option is providing money in your will that allows them to be taken care of by an animal shelter or rescue group until they are adopted into their new home.
Pets can be the subject of gifts for their care, or even trusts that allow funds to be paid out every year that they survive you in order to ensure continual care. The options for choosing how to provide for your pets are nearly limitless.
Arrange for care while you’re alive, if possible.
If you have a pet and are experiencing a move into a personal care facility, it may be valuable to consider if an earlier move for your pet is a better option. This may help ease your pet’s transition into its new home, and still allow you to visit, or be visited by your pet, from time to time.
You should also make sure that any medical issues are taken care of before arranging for someone else to take over as caregiver: ensure that the animal has had all its vaccinations (and check back periodically), and bring it in for regular checkups from time-to-time so that any potential problems can be caught early on and treated accordingly by a veterinarian.
Pets are a big part of our lives, and they deserve to be taken care of. They’re also part of your estate and will, so it’s important to plan properly for them. If you don’t want to leave money or property directly to your pet, consider naming someone else as guardian who can take care of them in the event of your death or incapacity. This person should be someone who loves and cares about your good pup or kitten or other friend as much as you do and who is willing to give them all the love that they deserve.