A Note From Paige
Plenty of Reasons to be Thankful
Do you recall when you were little, and one of the standard Thanksgiving assignments was to create a list of things for which you were thankful? Many of the same items on my list back then still hold true today, such as having a roof over my head, a fabulous family and great friends. This year, I have even more to add to my Thankful List. I'm thankful for the many wonderful clients with whom I work. I'm thankful for the success of my firm and that it allows me to do the things I want to do. And I'm thankful for each of you. Your continued support is greatly appreciated.
What about you? What are you thankful for?
Providing for Our Companions
When it comes to pets, or companion animals, some people view them as something fun to have around the house while others consider them true members of the family. If you fall into the latter category, it's pretty safe to assume that you care about the health and well-being of your furry companions and want to ensure they are taken care of at the time of your death. Unfortunately, few people take the time to make provisions for their pets in their wills. If you have companion animals, consider the following actions to ensure they continue to receive the level of care and love you want for them:
Don't assume the executor of your will knows what is in the best interest of your pets. Make a direct reference and provisions for them in your will.
Create a trust in your will whereby you can designate a trustee to receive and care for your pet and handle the funds left to cover expenses for him or her.
Bequest funds to a person who you trust will use the monies to care for the companion animal.
Speak with members of your family so they are aware of your provisions and what you expect regarding your pet.
If there is no guardian or trustee, you can designate an organization to which your pet can be given, such as an animal sanctuary or a no-kill shelter. It's best to contact these organizations in advance to learn their do's and don'ts as well as review any legal documents they may have for such an event.
Finally, consider making a donation to organizations related to your companion animal or one that has assisted your pet in the past.
It's never fun to think about these sorts of things, but it is necessary. Take the time to consider all of your options and do what is best for you and your companion animal. If you need help creating these provisions in your will, please let me know. I'm happy to assist.
In closing, if you are considering a donation, or if you find you must make a provision for sending your companion animal to a non-profit, I would like to suggest Animal Action Rescue
. This wonderful organization is dedicated to rescuing animals from high-kill shelters, promoting spay/neuter programs and providing education about the animals they place. Additionally, please take a moment to learn about the Schmoop Dog FUNdraiser
we are hosting on December 11th at F.R.O.G.S. Mexican Cantina
for a special dog we found in Kirkwood.