Wills Week 26 - 30 September
What will happen to your pet if something happens to you?
Our pets are often our ‘best friends’ and they rely on us to look after them. In return, they give us unconditional love.
Advance life planning doesn’t always seem important - but have you ever thought about what will happen to your beloved pets if you have an accident or pass away?
By making a Will or an Enduring Power of Attorney (if you lose the capacity to make decisions) you can put plans in place to create a better future for your pets, if something happens to you.
Continue the love - make sure your wishes are known for how you want your pets and furry friends to be taken care of after you’re gone.
In Queensland there are several ways you can make a Will:
• Visit the Queensland Law Society to find a solicitor to make your Will
• Use a Will Kit to prepare your own Will
• Make your Will with the Public Trustee
Find out more about choosing an option that meets your individual needs and circumstances.
An Enduring Power of Attorney is a legal document that allows you to appoint someone you trust to make decisions on your behalf if you become seriously ill or have an accident and lose capacity.
Your Financial Attorney is responsible for:
• Paying bills such as your rent, electricity, pet food, medical and vet expenses
• Managing your investments
• Preparing your tax returns.
Your attorney for personal and health matters is responsible for:
• Where you live and who will care for you
• Certain medical decisions, treatment options and medicines.
Once you’ve made your Will and Enduring Power of Attorney, it’s a good idea to have a conversation with those you trust, so they can support your wishes in the future.
Your wishes may include:
• Who will care for your pets
• Where you will be cared for - in your home or in a care facility
• Funeral arrangements - including if you want to be buried or cremated
• Who is to be your Executor and your Attorney.
If you have any questions, we're here for you.