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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 owners are, it is imperative you speak with an attorney who can help you protect your pet in your estate plan.

Barbara M. Pizzolato, P.A. provides assistance to clients who want to continue to provide loving care and a secure home to their beloved pets, even in the face of serious illness or death. Call today to speak with an experienced Southwest Florida estate-planning attorney who will tailor a plan to your unique needs and who can answer all of your pet-planning questions.

Why is Pet Planning Important?

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

What is involved in Pet Planning?

Adding pet provisions to your estate plan could be as simple as naming a guardian for your pet in your trust. However, many people want to take additional steps to ensure that their pet receives the same comforts and care that you currently provide. As pets can have costly medical needs or can require expensive supplies, some pet owners choose to leave a designated amount of money behind for their pet’s keeping and care. To provide ongoing financial support, you could choose to create a trust in your estate plan for the benefit of your pet.

A pet-planning attorney will assist you in determining which provisions will best ensure that your pet receives appropriate care and that any moneys left behind for your pet are used to provide the life your pet deserves.

How Can Barbara M. Pizzolato, P.A. Help YOU?

At Barbara M. Pizzolato, P.A., we understand how important it is to make sure ALL of your family members are protected in the event something happens to you. If you are a pet owner interested in ensuring the comfort and care of your pet even after you are gone, our attorney, Ms. Pizzolato, has over three decades of experience and can offer a plan custom-made just for you and your pet!

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