People can often overlook smaller estate planning details. After all, taking an inventory of all your assets and readying them for distribution to your loved ones can be a rather herculean task and it would be easy for something to fall between the cracks.
This is one of the reasons why it is a good idea to engage the services of a certified and experienced estate planning attorney. You only have one estate to plan, but estate planning lawyers prepare countless estate plans for their clients. With the professional and experienced guidance from a highly qualified estate planning attorney, you can be certain that every detail will be addressed.
One of the things that you could potentially overlook when planning your estate is providing for the care of your pets. People generally expect to outlive their pets and this is one of the reasons that pets are sometimes left out of estate plans. However, you never know what the future holds and it is important to make sure that your pets will be properly looked after should you predecease them.
Pet planning essentially involves two components: identifying a willing and able caretaker, and providing the financial resources that the caretaker will need to care for the pet. Your estate planning attorney can help you make arrangements, and this endeavor could include the creation of a pet trust or a possible direct bequest to the potential future caretaker.
Our office is well-versed in pet planning, and we invite you to contact us to schedule an estate planning consultation. We have two offices, one in Campbell, California to serve our Santa Clara Valley clients, and one in Aptos, California to serve our Santa Cruz County clients. For more information on attorney Roy W. Litherland and his vast estate planning experience, follow this link: Roy W. Litherland bio.