Bringing a pet into your life can bring you great joy. Studies have repeatedly illustrated the benefits of pet ownership, from reducing allergies in children to reducing stress and lowering your blood pressure. Pets can even make you live longer. With all that your animals can do for you, you owe it to them to make certain they are always cared for – even if something happens to you and you can no longer be their caretaker.
Biddinger, Bitzer & Estelle, PLLC provides assistance to pet owners throughout Northern Michigan with making responsible decisions for the care of companion animals. If you have any pets, from farm animals to feline friends to canines in your home, we can help you to keep them safe and ensure their lives are never threatened by uncertainty. To find out more about the ways in which we can help you protect your pets, give us a call at 989-872-5601. We can also answer general questions including:
- Who needs pet planning help?
- What should be a part of the pet planning process?
- How can a Northern Michigan pet planning lawyer help you?
Who Needs Pet Planning Help?
Anyone who owns a companion animal should make a plan for what will happen to the animal if something happens. You may believe that because you are young, you do not need to worry about outliving your pet or about incapacity making you unable to care for your pet. You may also assume your spouse or family will take care of your animal. Unfortunately, there are no guarantees in life. Something could happen to you and even to your loved ones at any time – leaving your pet without options.
Your family may have a hard time remembering to make provisions for your pet in the face of tragedy, or may not be able to take your pet in. You do not want to take any chances. Your pet is depending upon you to provide a safe and stable home and you need to make plans to ensure that your animal is always cared for, no matter what the future brings.
Far too many pets end up in shelters, or even end up being euthanized if they are too old or deemed unadoptable when their owner passes away. Your pet should never be one of the animals that is forced to endure this fate. You can take steps now to make sure that never happens.
What Should be Part of the Pet Planning Process?
The pet planning process should, first and foremost, involve making certain your pet has a home if you can’t provide that home any longer. You should name a trusted friend or relative who can take your pet into their lives if you cannot provide care. You should also name a backup guardian for your animal, just in case the first choice person who you selected experiences an unforeseen change in circumstances and cannot provide the care you had expected.
In addition to making plans for your animal to have a home, you may also want to make provisions to cover the animal’s expenses. You don’t want your pet to go without veterinary care or to be left with low quality food because your chosen caregiver cannot afford the expenses of owning an animal. You can make provisions to leave money for your pets care.
When leaving money for an animal’s care, you need to be careful because some person is going to be in charge of managing that money. If you simply leave cash in your will, you lose all control of it and cannot make sure that your pet is being provided for. If you create a trust, on the other hand, you can provide more detailed instructions and the trustee is bound to follow the trust document and use the money as you directed to care for your pet.
It is up to you what you want your plan to be, but you should make sure you think about what is best over the course of your animal’s entire life so you can make the right choice.
How can a Northern Michigan Pet Planning Lawyer Help You?
Biddinger, Bitzer & Estelle, PLLC has provided pet planning assistance to many clients throughout Cass City, Bad Axe, Caro, Deckerville, Reese, and surrounding areas throughout Michigan. If you are a caring pet owner and you want to get started on providing for your animal to ensure your pet is always kept safe and secure, give us a call at 989-872-5601 or contact us online today.