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Caring for your pet during incapacity

Laura West at the All About Estates blog posted last week about planning for your pet’s care during your incapacity. I have blogged before about pet trusts on your death, but it is also important to set up a plan for what will happen in case you are unable to care for your pet because of an injury or illness.

As Laura notes, pets are property and need to be dealt with in a Continuing Power of Attorney for Property. As with any specific directions you may have, you should speak with your attorney at the time you sign the Power of Attorney document to ensure that they are aware of your instructions and know what you wish them to do in the event that you can no longer care for yourself and/or your pet. Communication is always key in these situations.

The law is still very nebulous surrounding the care of pets on incapacity or death, but with some careful planning you should be able to ensure that your furry friend is cared for.


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  1. Your blog comments underscores the need for planning in advance regarding one’s estate and also serves a useful purpose; to highlight for the general public the need and importance of including ones pets in their estate planning.

    Companion animal owners should be aware of the importance of including their pets in their estate plan. There are many questions raised when planning for companion animals that bear discussion and sometimes there are no easy answers.

    To secure the widest distribution of this transformative information as possible is in our opinion praiseworthy and of value to everyone concerned with their families and their companion animals.

    We hope as many people as possible will be encouraged to deal with this type of planning rather than leave it to others and the courts when they no longer can.


    Barry Seltzer, Barrister & Solicitor & Professor of Law, Gerry W. Beyer
    Co-Authors of Fat Cats And Lucky Dogs: How To Leave (Part Of) Your Estate To Your Pets

    • Cesia Green said,

      Thank you so much for your comments! I’ve ready your book and thoroughly enjoyed it (and learned a lot too), so thank you.

  2. Nice Blog Keep It Up

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