If you own a pet, you should have a will
Most people strive to give their pets the very best care in life. Yet many pet owners have never stopped to think about what might happen to their pet after they’re gone.
If an owner dies, there’s no guarantee that their pet will be rehomed — who, if anyone, will look after it?
The safest way to protect a pet is by including them in a will. But many people don’t do this: the RSPCA estimates that 70,000 pet owners die each year without making a will.
Without a will, an owner can’t be certain that their pet will have lasting security. And that’s why writing a will should be a top priority — it’s crucial to being a responsible pet owner.
If you own a pet, then you really should have a will. These days, the easiest and quickest way to write a will is online. Here’s 5 reasons why an online will is great for furry friends:
Assigning a pet guardian
It’s really easy to assign a pet guardian. Pet guardians look after pets if the owner dies before them. Unlike child guardians, they care for the pet for its whole life.
Add more pets in future
Online wills are super-easy to update, so there’s no hassle if you get another pet after writing your will.
With unlimited updates, you can simply login to your account and add your pet as the newest member of the family.
They save you (play)time
Writing a will online saves you tedious trips to high-street solicitors. There’s also online chat support and a freephone number, in case you have any questions along the way.
Pets can be expensive to keep, so you don’t want to be paying more for your will than necessary. At just £90, an online will is much more affordable than traditional alternatives.
And why not put the extra savings in your will? It can help your pet guardian with the cost of pet care after you’re gone.
You can leave legacy gifts to animal charities
Animal charities do a great job of looking after vulnerable pets, or those that need a new home. Some even offer free schemes for supporters to register with.
Organisations like Dogs Trust and Cats Protection already offer to bring pets into their care if they outlive the owner. But much of this work relies on donations from supporters.
With an online will, it’s easy to leave a gift to charity. This can be either a sum of money or a fixed percentage of your estate.
Write your online will
To make sure that your pet is kept safe after you’re gone, write your will online with Beyond.