If grandparents intend step-grandchildren in their extended family to benefit under their will, then to assist their executors for the efficient administration of their estate, it would be helpful if they could make that clear in their will, as a recent New South Wales case has highlighted.
Pets are family – make a plan, arrange care for them for when their owner dies
Pets or companion animals are part of the family. Making arrangements and documenting a plan for their welfare when you die or become unable to care for them gives you peace of mind. It is also helpful to others; to family, friends and your executors. Make sure you let them know.
The matter may be discussed and arranged informally among family or friends, but over time things can change. A will is a useful and practical way in which to leave instructions for what you would like done with your much loved pets. Some suggestions follow. In addition you can put down your wishes in supporting documents such as a Pet Profile to make it easy for others to learn about your pet.
By B Stead
Why update a will?
Updating a will might seem a troublesome chore, but circumstances can change from the time it was made. The changes might produce unintended and unwanted outcomes in the event of death. Therefore reviewing a will is important to keep its contents in line with intentions.
Regularly reviewing your will every few years or so, in light of changes in your life, is worth doing, as life events and matters such as those outlined below can affect a will. Everyone’s situation is different so in all cases seek professional legal advice from a solicitor providing services in this area.