Question - What happens to my pets if I die without making suitable arrangements? Answer - Sadly, many pets end up abandoned, in shelters or simply die. It is always advisable to select a proper person to care for the pets and to provide a sum of money for that person to cover the costs of care. If it is likely that your pet(s) will live a long time after you are gone, you should consider creating a “pet trust” that will provide for the ongoing care of the animals. Consult with your estate planning attorney as to what type of plan is best for you. - Attorney Jack N. Alpern