When i die, what happens to my pets?

You may pick who looks after your pets if something happens to you by writing a will, in addition to appointing guardians for your children. Here's all you need to know about keeping your dogs safe while you're away.

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Matthew Ridyard

31 May 2022

We're a pet-obsessed nation. Pets play an important role in our lives, from viewing wild cat videos on the internet to snuggling up on the couch with our canines. It's only natural as we become older to want to make sure they're in excellent hands after we're gone.

You can be terminally ill and concerned about your pet's well-being. Perhaps you've recently purchased a puppy and want to know how they'll be cared for if you pass away unexpectedly. Writing a will, for whatever reason, is an excellent method to ensure that your pets are cared for when you pass away. You can complete your will in as little as 15 minutes by using our online will writing service.

Everything you need to know about naming guardians for your pets in your will is right here.

Why you should appoint a pet's legal guardian.

Pets are really important in our life. They are very much like an additional (furry) small child for your children to play with for parents. They can also provide much-needed companionship for ageing persons who live alone.

Our dogs offer us so much affection while we're living that it's only fair that we make sure they're taken care of when we're gone. You may rest easy knowing your pet will be adored after you're gone if you write a will and choose a legal guardian for them.

If you don't leave a will, your pets may end up in a shelter or rescue centre if no one wants to look after them. In the worst-case scenario, unwanted pets may be euthanised. However, by creating a will online and naming a guardian, you may ensure that their future is secure. More information on what to include in a will may be found here.

How to pick your pet's guardians.

Most people seek close friends and family members when designating guardians for their pets. This is because your pet is likely to be comfortable with them, making the transition easier for your pet.

Even though you believe your sister would love to have your dog or your niece would love to look after your cat, you should talk to them first before creating a will. This ensures that they are aware of the obligation and willing to accept it.

Here are a few more things to think about while picking pet guardians:

1. What are the requirements of your pet?

You shouldn't leave your large dog with someone who works full-time in the city if it requires multiple lengthy walks each day. Similarly, a cat that is accustomed to a peaceful, quiet environment may struggle in a home with children. Write down your pet's requirements to ensure you're selecting the proper individual, and then pick who is the greatest match.

2. How much will caring for your pet cost your guardian?

Food, treats, vet bills, insurance, and other accessories cost an average of £2,000 per year for a dog. It's crucial to examine who can shoulder the financial load when appointing guardians for your pets in your will.

You may elect to give your guardian some financial aid in your will to assist them with the costs of caring for your pet.

Is it possible to appoint separate guardians for each pet?

If you have more than one pet, consider the benefits and drawbacks of keeping them together. The biggest advantage of keeping your pets together is that they will have some continuity when they relocate. The greater the responsibility for your chosen guardian, though, the more pets you have.

Making a detailed list of your ideal scenario and discussing it with your selected guardian is the best course of action. After all, people may feel comfortable caring for one or two dogs, but four may be too much for them to handle.

You can appoint them as the sole guardian of your pets if they agree with your decision. If not, you can select separate guardians for each of your animals.

In your will, you can name guardians for your pets.

Our online will writing service makes appointing guardians for your dogs simple and convenient - all from the comfort and privacy of your own home.

Follow the easy steps outlined here to get started. We'll ask you to include the names of any pets you have in your will as you're composing it. In the guardians sections of your will, you'll be able to name who you chose to watch after each pet. This part will also include your children if you have any.

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