Estate Planning & Pets

According to Gerry Beyer, Professor of Law, Texas Tech University School of Law, in Estate Planning for Non-Human Family Members,

“Over two thirds of pet owners treat their animals as family members….79% allowing their pets to sleep in bed with them, 37% carrying pictures, and 31% taking off work to be with their sick pets. The love owners have for their pets transcends their death as documented by studies revealing that between 12% and 27% of pet owners include their pets in their will.”

Along with planning for your own four legged family, you might consider planning for animals in need in our community. Estate planning can help provide a future for Bitter Root Humane Association and the animals it cares for long into the future. A planned gift would give you a sense of accomplishment and pride today, and give hope to the animals of tomorrow.

There are several methods of planned giving. Two of them are “Charitable Remainder Trusts” and outright “Bequests.” Your attorney can guide you in developing a method for your charitable intentions; or we can assist you in contacting a specialized advisor who would help you ensure your vision is carried out.