I’m spending lockdown with a toddler which means constantly being on the go and coming up with ways to entertain him. We’re trying to make lots of nice memories as a family, however some days we end up on the sofa (exhausted) watching a Disney film and trying not to feel guilty about the screen time!
One afternoon we watched The Aristocats, the whole premise of the film is Madame wanting to leave her estate to her cats and then to her Butler after her cats have died. Warning, this is a spoiler alert! But it’s not hard to guess that the Butler then comes up with a scheme to get rid of the cats so he can receive his inheritance as soon as Madame dies. Thankfully the cats outsmart him!
This might simply seem like a nice plot line for a children’s film, but it’s very common for people to make provision for their pets in their wills. As in The Aristocats, pets are part of the family and people want to make sure they are provided for in some way following their deaths.
So what should you consider?
Clauses in wills relating to pets can be complex and need to be worded correctly to ensure they are valid. For that reason it’s important that your will is prepared by a solicitor so you can have the confidence that your wishes in relation to your pets can and will be carried out.
Published on 9 June 2020