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Estate planning when you have furry (finned, feathered, or scaly) children

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According to the Humane Society of the United States, there are approximately 80 million dogs in the United States and over 86 million cats. 

Like a lot of Americans, my life wouldn’t be complete without at least one critter of indeterminate breeding filling my life with love and fur.  I don’t expect that to change as I age and judging by the shear number of critters we have as a nation it’s not likely to change for the 62 percent of us that have at least one pet.  With that in mind, should it be any wonder that pets ought to be a part of an estate plan even if you aren’t a tycoon?  Planning for their lives when you are no longer able to care for them will help make any transition easier and help keep a beloved pet from the trauma and heartbreak of becoming homeless or unwanted.  It will also ease the burden on anyone acting as your caregiver in case of your incapacity or death.

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