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Including Fido in Estate Planning

Approximately 35% of American homeowners have at least one cat and 42% have at least one dog. Pet owners should consider what will happen to their pets upon their death or incapacity. Some pet owners carry an “Animal Card” in their wallets or “Animal Door Sign” to alert of the pet’s existence and reliance upon their caregiver.  An “Animal Document” may be placed near the pet’s food to notify a caregiver of Vet, kennel, medical history and care information.  An Animal Document should also be kept with your Estate Planning Documents.  Many clients also provide instructions on where their beloved furry friends should be re-homed upon the client’s death.  Some provide money for their care in trust or outright.  If you would like more information on setting up or updating your Estate Plan to include your pet(s), contact our office.


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