When Elderly Parents in North San Diego County Write Their Will…

Pet Will Elderly Parents in North San Diego CountyEventually, there comes a time when elderly parents in North San Diego County must write their will, stipulating their wishes for the disposal of what they own. Most of the time, this involves money, property, and other assets, but when pets are included, things can get a little bit complicated. Take, for example, a recent case in which a lady indicated in her will that any cats in her ownership be humanely destroyed after her death.

A Difficult Position

The bank that was responsible for carrying out the wishes of the deceased wanted to find a way out of fulfilling that particular one. There was one cat in question, an eleven-year-old feline named Boots. Instead of taking Boots down to the local Humane Society for euthanization, representatives from the bank looked for legal precedents that would support their case. As it turned out, similar will requests had been made—and contradicted—in the past.

A Feline Pardon

If your elderly parents in North San Diego County are considering adding a pet death sentence to their will, they should be warned that they might not get their wish. In at least two cases, dogs and horses were allowed to live in peace instead of following their owners off the mortal coil. Boots got the same verdict, with the judge ruling that he could live as long as a responsible person or agency agreed to care for him. With the help of some financial support from the estate, a cat-loving group in the area became Boots’ new home.

 Pets of Elderly Parents in North San Diego County

 Elderly parents in North San Diego County can usually find better options for the future care of their pets than simply asking that they be put down. There may be local pet adoption agencies that would be willing to take in dogs or cats, or the seniors’ children could inherit them as a special living reminder of what their parents enjoyed. Including pets in wills can be tricky, so it is best to consult with a lawyer about how best to do so.

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Tim Colling

Tim Colling is the founder and President of A Servant's Heart In-Home Care, which provided in-home caregiving services in San Diego County, and also of A Servant's Heart Geriatric Care Management, which provided
professional geriatric care management services and long term care placement services in San Diego County. Tim has more than 30 years of experience in management in a variety of industries. He held a Certified Care Manager credential from the National Academy of Certified Care Managers. Tim is also a Certified Public Accountant (retired), and received his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from California State University at San Diego. In addition to writing blog posts here for the Servant’s Heart blog, Tim also is a regular contributor to HealthLine.com and to FamilyAffaires.com as well as blogs of other eldercare services provider companies. Finally, Tim is also the president of A Servant's Heart Web Design and Marketing, which provides home care marketing as well as website design and online marketing for those who serve the elderly and their families.

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