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How to make sure your pets are taken care of after your death

When it comes to addressing the needs of a beloved pet after the death or incapacitation of the pet’s owner, Hollywood has it a bit wrong. In many movies and television shows, pet owners leave their entire estates to their furry family members, thus complicating the plot. It is true that things would get complicated if you tried to leave your fortune to your dog or cat in your will, since pets are considered property and cannot legally own an estate. However, at the law offices of Lonneman & McMahan PLLC, we know how you and other Kentucky residents can make sure your pets are cared for if you die before them.

Why it is important to have a will

Many Kentucky residents have a Last Will and Testament specifying to whom they wish their various pieces of property to go when they die. Others put off drafting a will, preferring not to think about their own mortality. They may wish to reconsider, however, when they discover that if they die without having made a will, they will be considered to have died intestate. In such a case, Kentucky’s intestate succession laws will determine to whom their property goes, possibly resulting in distributions to people the decedent would not have desired receive any of his or her property.

What are personal representatives permitted to do?

Upon petitioning for administration of an estate in Kentucky, a personal representative may be appointed to manage the affairs of an estate. A personal representative is a fiduciary under Kentucky law and must act with good faith and loyalty with respect to the intent of the testator, whose will must be admitted to probate, and in the best interests of the estate and its beneficiaries. In doing so, the personal representative has broad discretion to act for the benefit of and otherwise administer the estate unless specifically proscribed by the will.

Can a will or trust help your family?

Many people in Kentucky have dealt with the pain that comes from losing a loved one. When a loss comes suddenly, there can be added grief and shock, but when there is no estate plan in place to settle the accounts, this can turn into the family feeling overwhelmed.

Top five responsibilities of an executor

Were you chosen as the executor of an estate? If so, you are likely feeling a mixture of responsibility and stress. Depending on the complexity of the estate, serving as the executor can be particularly intimidating. But you do not have to shy away from this seemingly daunting task. With the right guidance, you can fulfill your duties with confidence. Your primary role as an executor is to ensure proper distribution of assets. Follow these steps to reach this goal through a smooth probate administration process.

Estate planning for a blended family

There are many divorced individuals in Kentucky who eventually remarry. They often have children, in many cases, both partners bring children into the marriage. While this may bring to mind images of "The Brady Bunch," there are significant issues that should be addressed by those couples once they have remarried.

What goes into an estate plan?

Until you have created an estate plan, it may be difficult to determine if you need one. You may feel that estate plans are only for very wealthy individuals. But estate plans do more than help people with a large net worth. Everyone should have an estate plan if only to make life easier for your heirs and prevent confusion or conflict that could waste resources of the estate.

Do you need an estate plan?

Many people in Elizabethtown and much of the surrounding area may not think they have much need for estate planning. They may believe they should have a will, but beyond that, they think they are fine. But an estate plan can and should do more than just contain a will that transfers property after your death. An estate plan should take a comprehensive look at your future and help you plan for both the unexpected and inevitable.