When it comes providing for your loved ones in your Will, most people think immediately of their children and other family members who may be in their care.
Unfortunately many of us overlook other loved ones – our pets.
Who will look after your pets?
Since animals have shorter life spans than people, it’s critical you make plans for how they will be cared for after you’re gone, or lose the ability to look after them yourself.
Our furry friends are reliant on food, water, shelter and veterinary care as well as companionship and you shouldn’t assume that your pets will continue to receive this care in your absence.
Sadly when something happens, particularly something unexpected like death and illness, pets are often the last thing on loved ones’ minds. Pets may be forgotten or put into overcrowded animal welfare facilities that don’t have the means to care for them long-term.
Fortunately it’s very simple to make sure your animal is cared for.
You should have emergency caregivers in mind, who have access to your property and want to care for your pets. Choose these caregivers carefully. There’s no point asking Aunty Jean to look after your cat if she doesn’t like cats or doesn’t have the time or means of providing care.
Beyond the initial emergency, it’s critical that you have formal arrangements in place that specify how you want your pet cared for.
A solicitor such as Gill and Lane can help draw up a Will, Trust or other document to specify your wishes and ensure funds are made available for your pet’s care.
Your Will should provide authority for your Executor to access funds from your estate for the immediate care of your pet as well as other related costs. Formal provisions also need to be made for long-term care of your pet.
You should consult a Wills and Estate professional who can help you make provisions for your pets.