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Pets & Estate Planning

All pet owners know that pets aren’t just animals…they are part of the family! Don’t forget to consider what you want to happen to your pets when completing your estate planning. Often our clients will want to include planning for their pet’s care by appointing a pet guardian in their Will. Some clients choose to set aside funds in the form of an outright bequest to the named pet guardian or in the form of a Pet Trust. The Pet Trust can be used by the guardian to pay for the animal’s food, medicine, veterinary visits and other expenses.

In addition, 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. Some pet owners keep instructions and contact information near the pet’s food to notify a caregiver of the family’s vet, kennel, medical history and care information.

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