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Don’t forget your companion animals in your estate plan

On Behalf of | Apr 13, 2016 | Estate Planning |

For many of us, our pets are beloved members of our family. However, too often they are not considered when people are developing their estate plans. People just assume that a family member will take them when they die, or that they will outlive their pets.

Unfortunately, however, companion animals often end up in shelters because family members can’t or won’t take care of an them after the owner has died. Sometimes an owner unexpectedly dies or becomes incapacitated, and there is simply no place for the animal to go other than a shelter.

At The Probate House L.C., we know that no one wants that for their pets, and it doesn’t have to be that way. Under California law, people can create a trust to provide for the care of their pets for the remainder of their lives.

We can help you set up a pet trust. That trust will not only designate who will take your animals if you become incapacitated or die. It will provide that designated caretaker with funds to help pay for housing, food and medical care for your pets.

There are various ways that you can do this via a will or living trust. You can be as specific or general in the instructions as you choose. Our attorneys will work with you on the verbiage to help ensure that your wishes for your pets are followed.

Our Torrance pet trust attorneys will help you set up a pet trust as part of your estate plan to provide for the four-legged members of your family. Call us or contact us online to schedule an appointment to begin your estate planning.