The RSPCA found that every one in two households own a pet, and there are an estimated 8.5 million pet dogs and 7.4 million pet cats in the UK.
We all love our pets and see them as family members, bringing joy to our lives. But, have you considered what would happen to your pet if you were no longer around?
Did you know that you can include your pets in your Will? So amongst leaving your mothers wedding ring and your fathers vintage car, you can leave your pet as well! You can choose who or where to leave your pet to; either family or friends, or a charity, there is somewhere you can leave your pet.
We would always advise that it is best to speak to the person or charity you plan to leave your pet to before you have your Will prepared.
Do not worry if you already have a Will. You can have a Codicil prepared to ensure that you look after your pet after you’re gone. A Codicil will add a clause to your Will ensuring your pet is cared for just as a Clause in your actual Will would do. Preparing a Codicil will not affect the provisions in your Will.
If you wish, you can leave money to the person or organisation you leave your pet to for its upkeep, insurance and veterinary bills. All you have to is decide the amount!
If you do not make any plans for your pet in your Will then you risk leaving your pet without a home and someone to care for it. So there is no confusion about your wishes and for peace of mind, plan for the future of your pet now.
Here at Dawsons Law, we can prepare Wills or Codicils for you on a Fixed Fee basis. During your appointment we will take your instructions – all you need to do is tell us what you would like to have happen to your pet. It’s simple, just give the office a call on 01953 883535 or 01603 813920 to make sure your pet is looked after if you are no longer able.