Top 10 things to think about before making your will – No 9 – What will happen to my pets?

26th May 2015

The rich variety of family life can throw up a wide range of considerations when making your will. If you have been married before and have children from different relationships to provide for, you are concerned about appointing guardians, funeral arrangements or even what will happen to your pets, a carefully drafted will can put your mind to rest.

In this series of guides, Shelly Wainwright, wills and probate lawyer at Ansons Solicitors in Lichfield and Cannock, Staffordshire, gives her top 10 tips for making a will.

9 – What will happen to my pet?

The law treats pets as property so there is no reason why should not provide for them in your will. By doing this you will ensure that they are well looked and avoid the risk of them being uncared for or even homeless.

You can include a clause that states which person you want your pet to go to on the event of your death. Remember, it is important to discuss this with them beforehand as they may not be willing to for a number of reasons, including the cost of looking after your pet. Alternatively you can pass on the care of your pet to the RSPCA through their free service “Home for Life”. They should be notified and a copy of your will sent to them.

For further advice on what to include in your will, contact Shelly Wainwright in the wills and probate team on 01543 267 981 or email Ansons Solicitors has offices in Cannock and Lichfield, Staffordshire.