Have you thought about what will happen to your Pet when you die?
by Emily Littlehales

We are animal lovers at Celtic Law, those of you who know us may be familiar with the office pug – Roxie. Where would we be without our furry best friends?

At Celtic Law, we understand just how much our furry friends mean to us. However, have you planned for what would happen to them if something were to happen to you? It can be very worrying and it isn’t a nice thought. However, as a nation of pet lovers it is important to consider it carefully and to know your options.

You may be lucky to have a family member willing to take them for us. Some clients chose to leave a monetary gift to that person to help support ongoing costs and vets fees. This is the most ideal option, somebody familiar to our pet and someone we trust.

But what happens if you don’t have that person?

Frankie Turnbull, our paralegal, has been working with clients on this very issue and has done some research around the topic – and we thought it would be good to share the options with you.

The Options:

  • Pick a person that you trust to take care of your beloved pet (make sure you ask them first!)
  • Appoint a guardian for your pet within your Will. This person can take care of your pet whilst arrangements are made if necessary
  • Register with a charity during your lifetime who will take care of your pet and rehome them in the event you pass away or become too poorly to look after them
  • You may like to prepare a letter of wishes to set out what your pet likes or doesn’t like, any medications or veterinery details that may be useful to the person who will take care of your pet. Anything you think is important or will help your pet settle.

Making a Will ensures that you get to control exactly where your four-legged friends go (or don’t go!) We recommend that you don’t leave it to chance and to set out some details in your Will.

Whether it be a dog, horse or bearded dragon, we can help point you in the right direction.

If you have found this information helpful, book an appointment with us today and we would be happy to discuss it further with you.


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