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Can You Make Legal Provisions to Care For Your Pets?

Anyone who has a four-legged friend can appreciate how pets can become like members of your family. This is especially true of elderly people whose children are grown and whose pets provide one of their primary forms of companions. These animals provide a vital source of love and pet owners want to be sure that their animals will be cared for should anything happen to them. 

While Florida does not allow you to leave your estate directly to your pet, there are a number of steps you can take to make sure Fido is in good hands. The simplest is to make a provision in your will or trust leaving your pet (either with or without money) to the care of a friend or family member. In these situations, it is best to make sure this person has advance notice so that you can be sure he or she will willing to undertake this responsibility. 

If you do not have a friend or family member to whom you can comfortably bequeath your pet, consider signing up with a charitable organization to provide care to your animal. There are many reputable animal rescue organizations that would be happy to make sure your pet is cared for and will do the tough work of vetting potential adoptees to make sure your pet lands in a loving home. Be sure to contact this organization ahead of time so that you can be sure it is able to perform this service and is aware of your situation. The more contact you can make, the more likely your pet will be swiftly and thoroughly cared for in the event that something should happen to you. 

Don’t leave your pet’s future to chance. Take measures to provide for the care of your animal while you are still in the position to do so. For help drafting these provisions, consult the dedicated Florida estate planning attorneys at Charles Law Office.

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