Your Will may nominate a Guardian to receive custody (or ownership) of each of you pets. 

What is a Pet Guardian?

This Guardian will be responsible for caring for your pet and covering any associated expenses, such as food and veterinary care.  These are significant undertakings, so it is important to select someone that you trust to care for your pet and someone that you believe is willing and able to take on those responsibilities. 

Do they need to accept to be the Guardian?

Yes, if something were to happen to you, your nominated Guardian will have to accept their role. For this reason, you may nominate two backups. You may wish to have a discussion with those you are considering as Guardians for your pets to ensure that they understand the responsibilities and are willing to take on the role, if necessary. 

Do all of my pets have the same Guardian?

No. You may name a different Guardian for each pet. You may also name backup Guardians in the event that the primary Guardian you name is unable or unwilling to serve as Guardian and take care of your pet.  Your Will also provides a default provision that authorizes your Executor to find another suitable individual or organization that is willing to take custody and care for your pet in the event that none of the Guardians you name are willing and able to do so.

What if my pet isn't in my Will?

Your Will provides a default provision that authorizes your Executor to find another suitable individual or organization that is willing to take custody and care for any pet that is not named in your Will, including any pets that you may acquire after creating your Will.

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