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Why You Should Include Pets in Your Will

Published on February 7th, 2020

A pet is like a member of your family and you love it to pieces. Your furry family member provides you with unconditional love and makes you feel better when you’re sad. That’s why it’s important to consider your cat or dog when you’re writing up your will.

Here are a few important reasons to include your pets in your will.

Your Pets Could End Up in an Animal Shelter

Pets live longer than humans do, so many people expect to outlive their furry family members. However, some pet owners die before their dogs or cats do. If you die without including your pets in your will, they will end up in an animal shelter. They will feel lonely and scared while they’re in there. The worst part is many animals in animal shelters that aren’t adopted soon get euthanized.

You Can Include Funds for Pet Care

If you should die unexpectedly, you want to ensure your pets are adequately taken care of. That’s why you should include a pet care fun in your will. Pets are expensive to care for and will need money for food, toys, medical care and other items. If you decide to fund pet care, determine how much your furry family member will need. Consider factors like how long your pet is expected to love and how much medical care it may need. Additionally, decide who will be in charge of the funds, whether it’s an organization or individual.

You Can Keep Your Pets Together

If you have more than one pet, they have likely developed a bond with one another and would be sad if separated. That’s another reason why it’s so important to include your pets in your will. You can include instructions to keep them together.

You Can Name a Pet Guardian

Do you have someone you would like to care for your pets when you die? If so, you should name that person in your will. He or she will be responsible for feeding your pet, providing it with shelter, showing it affection and taking care of its medical needs. Because taking care of a pet is a big responsibility, you should ask the person if he or she wants to take on the role.

If you would like to include your pets in your will, you should schedule a meeting with an estate lawyer in Sacramento. He or she can ensure that your wishes are carried out.

Thanks to Yee Law Group for their insight into estate planning and including your pets in your will.

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