Alert
Close

Introducing AARP RealPad: The Wi-Fi Tablet That Makes It Easy to Share, Learn, Connect and Play. Learn more

Most Popular
Articles

Viewed

Nothing has been viewed

Ask Sid

When You're No Longer There for Your Pet

Amend your will to ensure its care

Q. How can I ensure that my pet is cared for after I die?

A. Many people simply make informal arrangements with a trusted friend or family member. A surer way is to amend your will. Because pets are legally considered to be property, they cannot directly inherit anything. But you can name a human beneficiary as getting, say, $2,000 to care for your pet. For greater peace of mind, do what Leona Helmsley did for her Maltese, Trouble. Create a pet trust. You bequeath the animal and money to a beneficiary; a trustee monitors the caregiver to ensure your bequest is appropriately used for your pet's care. Consult an estate lawyer for details.

Sid Kirchheimer writes about consumer and health issues. Have a question for Sid Kirchheimer about a new product, a new kind of bank account? Check out the Ask Sid archive. If you don’t find your answer there, send a query.

Topic Alerts

You can get weekly email alerts on the topics below. Just click “Follow.”

Manage Alerts

Processing

Please wait...

progress bar, please wait

Tell Us WhatYou Think

Please leave your comment below.

Discounts & Benefits

From companies that meet the high standards of service and quality set by AARP.

1-800flowers.com (1-800flowers.com)

Members save 20% or $20 on purchases of $79.99  from
Fruitbouquets.com.

Collette Vacations

Members save up to $200 per couple on select tours with Collette Vacations.

Live Nation

Members save 25% or more when buying tickets in groups of four from Ticketmaster.

Member Benefits

Join or renew today! Members receive exclusive member benefits & affect social change.

Being Social

Featured
Groups

PetPals

Pet owners and animal lovers, join Dr. Marty Becker for daily tips and lively discussions on our loyal companions. Discuss

Cats

Cat got your tongue? If yes, this group is for you. Get the latest on cat hardware, food recalls and how to trick a cat into taking his meds. Discuss

Birds as Pets

Does your bird talk? Share with us some of your favorite words or phrases. Discuss