Pets seem to becoming more important in family life than in the past. A New York woman left behind specific instructions on caring for her cats, according to Fox News in "New York widow leaves $300G to her cats."
A New York widow named Ellen Frey-Wouters left $300,000 for her cats. She instructed that the money be used so the two cats, Troy and Tiger, would never be caged and would always receive good care.
More and more people are viewing their pets as something more than mere animals they possess. Pets offer companionship and many people view them with as much love as they do human family members.
This leads to the desire to make sure that pets are taken care of after the owner passes away.
You do not have to be wealthy to leave something behind for the care of your pets.
Estate planning attorneys can draw up plans for just about anyone to leave some money and instructions for how their pets should be treated.
It can be done through wills or through specially designed pet trusts.
An estate planning attorney can advise you on creating an estate plan that meets your unique circumstances, which could include arranging for the safety of your pets.
Reference: Fox News (Aug. 22, 2017) "New York widow leaves $300G to her cats."