Did you know a pet African Grey parrot can live 50 to 80 years? While your furry four-legged friend may not live quite that long, there is a chance that your dog or cat could outlive you. You can provide for the care of your family pet after your death through your Will. In the Will you can designate a guardian for your pet; someone you trust who is willing to care for him/her. You can also specify a certain amount of funds that can be used for pet care (medical bills, food, grooming, etc.). Here in Pennsylvania you may even create a trust for the money to help ensure the money is used specifically for the pet’s care.
If you do not have a friend or family member who is able to take your pet upon your death, you may be able to make arrangements with an animal agency or non-profit organization of your choosing through a pet surrender agreement. This signed agreement would permit your estate representative to transfer your pet to the agency after your death who may either care for your pet for the remainder of its life or find a suitable new home.
Contact us at Evashavik Law and we can discuss the options with you so that there is one last thing for you to worry about.