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Pets: Providing for your furry family in your will

02 August, 2022 • Blog
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In law, pets are chattels (personal property). Pets are possessions you can give away like you can a couch, car, or tennis racket. This, of course, is not how pet owners think of their furry friends. A lot of people think of their pets as members of the family.

Animals do not have the legal status to own anything. You cannot leave money to a cat or dog, but you can still support them in your will.

The simplest plan is to leave your pet to a person you trust to care for them (talk to that person first) and leave your pet’s caregiver enough money that your pet is not a financial burden on them.

Slightly more complex, you can set up a testamentary trust to support your pet for as long as they live. As trusts must have an end date, you would designate someone (perhaps a charity like the Humane Society) who would receive the money left in the trust after your pet’s death.

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