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  • Writer's pictureAlexander Di Giovanni

The Unspoken Family Members

In the realm of estate planning, it's not uncommon for people to meticulously plan for the well-being of their loved ones, their assets, and their legacy. However, there's a family member that often gets overlooked in this process – our beloved pets. These loyal companions bring immense joy to our lives, and it's our responsibility to ensure their care continues even after we're no longer there to provide it. That's where estate planning for pets comes into play, and at Pando Law, we specialize in crafting custom trusts and wills to ensure your pets are cared for just the way you would want.

For many of us, our pets are more than just animals; they are cherished members of our families. They offer unconditional love, companionship, and comfort in times of need. So, when it comes to estate planning, it's only natural to consider their future.

Unfortunately, the legal system treats pets as property, which means without proper planning, your furry friends could end up in an uncertain and potentially undesirable situation. This is where estate planning for pets becomes vital. It allows you to provide for your pets when you're no longer able to do so personally.

At Pando Law, we understand that every pet and pet owner is unique. This is why we offer custom trusts and wills specifically designed to meet the needs of your beloved companions.

Our wills come with the option of creating a Pet Trust to ensure your pet is taken care of. A Pet Trust is a legally binding arrangement that allocates funds and appoints a caregiver to ensure your pets receive the care and attention they deserve. We will work with you to establish the trust, designate a trusted caregiver, and determine the necessary financial provisions.

The trust can include instructions that cater to your pets’ unique preferences and needs. We encourage you to provide detailed instructions regarding their daily routines, dietary requirements, medical history, and any specific preferences they may have. This ensures their new caregiver can seamlessly step into your shoes.

Life can be unpredictable, and circumstances can change. We will help you outline contingency plans to address various scenarios, such as if the designated caregiver is unable or unwilling to fulfill their duties.

If you choose to include provisions for your pets in your will, you should regularly review them to ensure they can accommodate any changes to your pets’ needs.

By including your pets in your estate planning, you not only gain peace of mind but also ensure a secure future for your companions. You can rest assured that they will continue to receive the love and care they've always known, even if you're no longer there to provide it.

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