Don’t forget about pets when planning for disability and death

Gerry W. Beyer, Barry Seltzer

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Dogs, cats, parrots, and other pet animals play significant roles in the lives of many individuals, especially older adults. The bond between a pet owner and his or her companion is strong, and recent studies show that this bond can be even deeper with older owners. Accordingly, it is of vital importance to include pets when a pet owner, especially an older one, makes plans for disability and death. This article provides an overview of the techniques pet owners should consider in planning their estates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-112
Number of pages4
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2018


  • Animal caregivers
  • Pet trusts
  • Statutory pet trusts


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