HS/SPCA of Sumter Reminds Animal Lovers of August’s National “Make-A-Will” Month

Who wants to even think about a Will, let alone make one? But it’s important not only for you and your family/beneficiaries, but for your pet(s) as well. Most people much prefer to have their valuables, including their beloved pet, to go directly to the designated beneficiary instead of being tangled in the court system. Making a Will or establishing a Pet Trust with provisions for your pet, will bring you peace of mind that your pet won’t suffer.

In your Will, be sure to select a temporary caretaker for your pet for the time between the owner’s death and the admission of the Will to probate. Also, if no friend or relative can be found to take your pet, a charitable organization can be considered to care for, and/or place your furry companion. Florida Statute §736.0408, enacted in 2006, also allows a Pet Trust as part of your estate planning, is enforceable in court, and allows part of your estate to go towards the care of your pet.

“A prepared Will can provide peace of mind to an individual knowing everything that is important to them has been accounted for, and left to those people or local charities that mean something significant to them,” notes Claudia Labbe’, actively-involved volunteer of the Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County. “I have had the joy of witnessing how many lives are improved, for both animals and people, by the efforts of the HS/SPCA of Sumter County and I want that to continue through my planned giving. This is why I made plans accordingly to help continue assisting them in the important work they do, even after I have passed.”

We offer a printable guideline (http://hsspca.org/estate-planning/) of valuable information to those who want to assist our local non-profit as part of their estate planning. It provides accurate assistance, presentable to your independent financial and legal counsel when executing wills, trusts, contracts and other agreements. If you are interested in saving lives by “Leaving a Legacy of Compassion,” contact us, the Humane Society/SPCA of Sumter County, Inc. at 352-793-9117, via hsspca.org, or at PO Box 67/994 CR 529A, Lake Panasoffkee, FL, 33538 for a mailed copy of the guidelines.