What will happen to your favorite pet, after you pass away?
A lack of planning may mean that pets are taken to a shelter after their owners' deaths, according to the Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog in "Message from Pasadena Humane Society: Don't Omit Pet from Estate Planning."
Planning for what will happen to your pet does not have to be difficult.
You can get started by thinking about the person you would like to take care of the pet and asking that person whether they are willing to do so.
You should decide whether the person caring for your pet will need money to care for your pet in the same way that you would do so.
You can also hire an estate planning attorney to help you create the proper legal documentation to make sure that your wishes will be carried out.
Your pet does not have to end up in a shelter after you pass away. You just need to do a few simple things to make sure it does not happen.
An estate planning attorney can advise you on creating an estate plan that fits your unique circumstances and may include continued care for your pet.
Reference: Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog (Jan. 3, 2018) "Message from Pasadena Humane Society: Don't Omit Pet from Estate Planning."