Leaving money to your pets

Leaving money to your pets

Leaving money to your pets

People who are single sometimes leave money to their pets in their will. Unfortunately if you leave money in your will to your pet, the potential heirs always challenge your mental state, saying that you were not of sound mind when you made the request of “fluffy gets half of everything.”

The law views pets as property, so if you plan on leaving property to property, legal people think you are crazy.

Example: “I want my coffee pot to have my Mallrats DVD.” = crazy

I think more people would leave money to their pets in their will, but don’t because they don’t want other people talking about whether or not they were crazy after they die. It is hard to have a good funeral for yourself when the people in the congregation are splitting time between thinking about fond memories of you and thinking of any memories that prove that you were mentally insane.

That is messed up. If you leave $3,000 to your pet when you die, your sanity is reviewed and you can be determined to be mentally unsound. But if in your estate you leave: a baby toupee, your ex-wife’s wedding dress, and a UFO detector to people, no one will ever review your sanity after death and you are determined to be sound as a pound.

One Response to Leaving money to your pets

  1. Steve Masterson says:

    Back in the early 1980’s I worked on an Estate where the deceased left $500 per month for the care of her dogs until the last dog died. The youngest dog was only 2 years old and we didn’t want to keep the Estate open for another 12 to 16 years, so we were able to find an insurance company that would write an annuity contract for $500 per month for the joint life expectancies of the 5 dogs. It was nuts.

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