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Furry Family Members: Including Your Pets in Your Estate Plan

On Behalf of | Sep 28, 2023 | Estate Planning, Family Legacy, Legacy, Legacy Program, Pet Planning, Pets

When it comes to estate planning, most people think about their assets, finances, and how to ensure their loved ones are taken care of after they’re gone. However, one important family member often gets overlooked in the process – our beloved pets. In this blog post, we’ll explore why it’s crucial to include your pets in your estate plan, and your options for ensuring their future care and safety.


Why Include Your Pets in Your Estate Plan?
  1. Peace of Mind: Knowing that your pets will be looked after and loved in your absence can bring you peace of mind. It’s a way to ensure their well-being in any circumstance.


  1. Avoiding Unwanted Outcomes: Without proper planning, your pets might end up in shelters or with family members who may not be prepared to care for them adequately. Including your pets in your estate plan can prevent these undesirable outcomes.


  1. Continuing Your Legacy: Your pets are a part of your legacy. By making provisions for their care, you can leave a lasting positive impact on their lives.


The Legacy Circle Program: A Lifeline for Your Pets

The Arizona Humane Society understands the deep bond between pet owners and their furry companions. That’s why they offer the “Legacy Circle” program, a unique initiative that allows you to provide for your pets’ care after your passing. If you include a gift to the Arizona Humane Society in your estate plan, they will provide continuing care for your pets after your death, and ensure they are placed with a loving and caring family. By participating in the Legacy Circle program, you’re not only securing your pets’ futures but also supporting the vital work of the Arizona Humane Society in caring for other animals in need.


Other Options for Pet Planning

In addition to the Legacy Circle program, there are other ways to ensure your pets are well-cared for in your estate plan:

  1. Include Them in Your Trust: We often include provisions in our clients’ living trusts that provides for the care of their pets after their death. You can select a trustee or another family member to take care of your pets, and you can set aside money for their care if you’d like.


  1. Naming a Caregiver: Choose a trusted friend or family member who agrees to take on the responsibility of caring for your pets. Make sure they understand your pet’s specific and unique needs and that they are up to the task.


  1. Detailed Instructions: Provide clear instructions about your pets’ routines, dietary needs, medical history, and preferences to make their transition smoother. This not only will give you peace of mind, but will ensure that your pet is in a position to thrive.


Concluding Thoughts

In conclusion, including your pets in your estate plan is an act of love and responsibility. By exploring options like the Legacy Circle program offered by the Arizona Humane Society or by including them in your trust, you can ensure that your furry family members continue to enjoy a happy, healthy life even after you’re gone. Take the necessary steps today to safeguard your pets’ future and provide them with the care they deserve.