Posted on: 29 June 2017
It pays to be prepared and to make plans for what will happen when you pass away. One thing that you might not have considered when it comes to this is the care of your pet. However, if you have a pet, it is essential to make sure that there is a plan in place for how it will be cared for when you are gone. These are a few steps that can help you put this type of plan in action.
1. Choose a Designated Caregiver
First of all, you are going to have to decide who you would like to give your pet to if you pass away. This is obviously something that you will want to discuss with the person beforehand so that you can ensure that he or she is willing to take on the responsibility of caring for your animal. Also, you will generally want to list a back-up designated caregiver in case the original person that you listed is not able to take over ownership of your pet. If the person might not be able to take ownership of your pet right away, such as if he or she lives in another state, you may want to make arrangements for where your pet will be kept in the meantime, such as at your vet's office or at a nearby kennel.
2. Leave Behind Money for Your Pet's Care
As you might already know as a pet owner, taking care of a pet can be expensive. Therefore, you may want to put aside a certain amount of money to go toward the care of your pet if you pass away. It is generally best to work with an attorney who has experience in creating wills so that you can set this up properly and in accordance with your state's laws.
3. Make Sure Information About Your Pet is Easy to Find
When someone else takes over ownership of your pet, he or she is going to need to know about your pet's personality, healthy and more. Making sure that all of your pet's records and other basic information are easy to find can make for a much smoother transition.
If you leave behind a beloved cat, dog or other pet when you pass away, you probably want to ensure that your animal is well cared for. Fortunately, following these steps can provide you with peace of mind in knowing that there is a plan in place for your pet's care. Talk with an attorney like Wilson Deege Despotovich Riemenschneider & Rittgers for more information to help you.Share