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Planning for Your Pets

Estate Planning for Your Pets

We are animal lovers at Fratello Law! Including your pets in your estate plan is important to ensure that they are cared for in the event of your incapacity or death. Here are some steps you can take to plan for your pets:

  1. Identify a caregiver: The first step is to identify a caregiver who can take care of your pets if you are unable to do so. This can be a family member, friend, or professional caregiver. Make sure you discuss your wishes with the caregiver and ensure that they are willing and able to take on this responsibility.
  2. Provide for your pets financially: You can provide for your pets financially in your estate plan. Consider creating a pet trust, which is a legal arrangement that allows you to set aside a sum of funds to provide for the care of your pets. The funds can be used for food, medical care, grooming, and other expenses associated with caring for your pets.
  3. Include your pets in your will: If you do not create a pet trust, you can include your pets in your will. You can designate a caregiver and provide funds for their care. It’s important to note that funds left in a will may not be immediately accessible to the caregiver, as the will may need to go through probate.
  4. Make sure your pets are easily identifiable: It’s important to make sure that your pets are easily identifiable in the event of an emergency. Consider having your pets microchipped or ensure they are wearing identification tags with your contact information.
  5. Discuss your wishes with family and friends: Make sure to discuss your wishes for your pets with family and friends. Let them know who the designated caregiver is and where your pets can be found. This can help ensure a smooth transition of care for your pets.

By taking these steps, you can help ensure that your pets are well taken care of. It’s important to work with a qualified estate planning attorney to ensure that your wishes are properly documented in your estate plan.

Our attorneys can’t wait to learn more about your pet. Pictures please!!! We grow with you and your fur babies.