For most people the primary goals of an estate plan are to provide the framework for the division of estate assets upon death and to provide for family members and loved ones upon death. If you have a pet (or two) that you treat as part of the family, has it occurred to you that your pet should be included in your estate plan? Legally, your pet is considered your property, meaning your pet should be included in the division of your estate assets.
For most people estate planning is about providing for the continued care of loved ones. If you consider your family pet to be a “loved one,” it only makes sense to include your pet in your estate plan right along with your family members and other human loved ones. Including your dog, cat, or other pet in your plan is relatively easy. Failing to do so, however, can have dire consequences for your pet.