Estate Planning to Include Pets

All pet lovers should make sure their beloved pets will be taken care of in the event of the owner’s death. I can bet most people have thought about this, but haven’t acted on it. I was one of those people. Several years ago, I was hospitalized. As sick as I was, I kept thinking that if I died, I had made no formal arrangement for my multiple pets. I had always thought about it, but never took the time to do it. I was scared I might not live, but I was terrified I would leave my pets in limbo. Needless to say, I lived. I also took care of this issue as soon as I was well enough to do so. I am so sad when I have clients who have passed and the family is fighting over the dog, or worse, when no one cares about the pet. As veterinarian for Ruth Steinert Memorial SPCA, I know some of the cats that end up there were in homes where the owner died and left no instructions. We all know death is inevitable. “When” is the thing we have no control over. Schuylkill Veterinary Hospital is sponsoring a free public seminar for protecting our pets in the event of our death. Schuylkill County attorney Rochelle Quiggle will discuss estate planning involving pets. Ms Quiggle, a lawyer with Krasno, Krasno, and Onwudinjo, will share important information on documenting our wishes. The free public seminar will be held at Canine Learning Center in Pottsville on Monday, March 19, 2012 at 7:30 pm. Those wishing to attend may reserve a seat by calling 622-1098. You'll be glad you did! photo courtesy of     Beverly & Pack   via flickr

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