Who Wants Your Pets After You Die?

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Who Wants Your Pets After You Die?
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Pet lovers around the UK will consistently confirm that the appreciation and treatment of dogs, cats and many other pets is closely equal to that of children and family members. What happens to those pets after the owner dies?

When parents die, children will automatically find somewhere else to live. Where the parents leave a last will and testament, they will have named who they expect to be guardians of the children. Guardianship means the management of the children according to the terms of the will and any private detailed information which doesn’t mean that the children have to live with the guardians, although this is normal practice. Where there is no valid will, the children will be placed in a home by the local authority, preferably in the same home area and with family members.

Pets, when they become unwanted, are often directed to a pet collection centre and if they are not re-homed in a short period of time, they may be put down. Dogs and cats of a young age are more likely to find a new home, whereas elderly animals face a swift end to their life.

There are a number of charities that take in older animals and will keep them alive during their natural lifetime.

Would you want someone else’s pet?

A recent Probate Practice survey found that 60% of people have not yet written their will with that figure increasing to 89% for the 16 to 29 age group. That’s the age group that will have young children and certainly require a legally valid will to nominate how their children are to be looked after if both parents should die before the children are 18, even if the parents believe their assets are so small that they don’t need a will; they do.

The survey suggested that 41% of people would not wish to inherit a pet from a relative. Also, 40% of people did not wish to receive furniture from a will, but 85% of people would accept money.

You can insert a clause into a will that leaves an amount of money available to a person or people who will ensure that your pet lives with a quality-of-life that they experienced before you died. Also, you can make arrangements with one of the charities that will look after pets in the event of your death.

While your favourite labrador remains a faithful and important member of your family, it is essential for your pet’s health that you plan ahead for any event. They can’t look after themselves, can they?

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