According to the 2015-16 APPA National Pet Owners Survey by the American Pet Products Association, approximately 65% of all households in the United States have a pet. Along with pet ownership comes the responsibility of ensuring your companion animal's care and well-being - even if that extends beyond your lifetime. Westchester elder law attorney Anthony J. Enea of Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano, LLP in White Plains and Somers, N.Y. recently addressed the importance of protecting your pet's future and urges pet owners to consider including companions animals in their estate plan.
Although formulating an estate and long term care plan is an important step towards financial security, many people fail to have even the most basic plan and advanced directives. One potential hurdle is a fear of putting together a poor plan. Having a basic understanding of these common mistakes can help reduce the risk of making some unfortunate errors. The following are examples of the most common errors made:
Taking the time to formulate an estate plan can often seem like a daunting process. This is particularly true for the single parent. The single parent is likely struggling to balance the demands of taking care of the children, home and working a job outside of the home. With these struggles the mere thought of adding anything to their to-do list may seem overwhelming. However, taking the time to develop an estate plan will likely ease some stress since the plan can help ensure that their children are provided for according to their wishes in the event of their demise. Some of the most valuable steps to consider implementing are:
When recommending the purchase of long-term care insurance ("LTCI") to my clients, the most often heard response has historically been, "I don't want to have to pay the premiums for the rest of my life." For many 55 to 70 year olds, a potentially lengthy premium payment period is a psychological obstacle they are unable to overcome in making the decision to purchase LTCI.