Most people know the importance of ensuring that they have a will in place, to provide for their loved ones after their death. However, many people have not considered their “non-human” loved ones and who will care for those furry family members after their human carer has died.
Although it may seem distasteful to some, legally speaking, pets are considered to be part of your personal “chattels”, like your clothes, car or your furniture, and will therefore form part of your estate when you have died. You should consider making provision for what will happen to your pets in your will.
It is important to consider not only who you would like to care for your pets, but also the costs of caring for them and whether it may be appropriate to leave funds to those who will take on their care. However, it is essential to choose someone that you trust to ensure that not only will your pets be properly cared for, but also that any funds left to that person are used for the purpose for which they were intended. It is not possible to leave funds directly to a pet.
For those who do not have family or friends who would be able to take on the care of their pets, there are charities who will care of them, usually as long as arrangements are put into place beforehand.
It is therefore a matter that should be considered carefully and researched thoroughly, to ensure that your furry, feathery or even scaly family members will be properly cared for and that those French Hens will continue to live happily after your death.
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