Pets – making provision for their care by will

Pets are family – make a plan for their care

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Who will look after me?

Pets and companion animals are important parts of our lives and family. Legally a pet is regarded as property, not a ‘person’ (although we might think of them that way!), belonging to their owner.  Being property means that a pet cannot hold title to property and so cannot take a direct gift of money as a beneficiary under a will. 

As owners, it is important to consider options for their care should you become unable to continue and for when you die.

Expressing your wishes as to what you would like done and documenting a plan for their welfare is helpful to family, friends and your executors.  Make sure you let them know.

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Why make a will and what can a will do?

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Why make a will and what can it do?

Dying without leaving a will, or leaving an invalid one, is to die intestate.   Dying intestate means property left (the estate) is distributed according to the intestacy law.  The intestacy law has been prescribed by legislation as the ‘default’ rules to apply in these circumstances. The problem is that the intestacy formula for distribution may not produce the desired outcome.

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