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Pet Planning

Pets are members of the family, and they must be considered when planning for the future. If you are concerned about who will care for your pet if you get sick or pass away, as most pet parents are, it is imperative you speak with an attorney who can help you to use all available legal tools to protect your animal companion.

  • Why is pet planning important?
  • What is involved in creating a plan for your pet?
  • How can a Southwest Florida pet planning lawyer help you?


If you become incapacitated or pass away and can no longer care for your pet, your beloved animal’s future could be uncertain. Creating a pet plan allows you to name a caregiver and to establish a fund to provide for your pet’s care. Taking these steps can help to ensure that your pet is provided for and can continue to have an enjoyable and comfortable life, even after you are gone. You can also make provisions for your pet to be with you when your animal companion eventually passes away.


Creating a plan for your pet can involve many different things. In the simplest pet plan, you can just name a guardian for your animal in your will. However, many people want to take additional steps to ensure that their animal companion is provided for. Pets can have costly medical needs, or can require expensive food and other items and some pet owners want to leave behind money for their care. Different legal tools allow you to provide ongoing financial support, including the creation of a trust to ensure money goes to benefit your animal.

A pet planning lawyer will assist you in determining what types of legal tools can ensure your pet is properly cared for and that any legacy you leave behind is spent the way you wish to provide the life your pet deserves.


Barbara M. Pizzolato understands how important it is to make sure all of your family members are protected and cared for in the event something happens to you. Clients can get customized legal advice on how to care for their pets, either as part of a comprehensive estate plan or as a separate legal issue they wish to address. For pet owners who want help from a Southwest Florida pet planning lawyer with three decades of experience, call today to get started on creating a plan for your animal companion.

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