When you look around the house as a senior citizen and find it empty day after day it can take a toll on you. People are generally social by nature, and loneliness can lead to depression.
While you cannot turn back the hands of time you can remain positive and take steps that are within your control to improve your quality of life. One way of doing so would be to get yourself a dog.
There are two objections that you could have as a senior citizen. The first one may involve the idea that dogs are difficult to handle. In fact, smaller breeds can be quite manageable and many of them have the perfect temperaments for senior citizens. These breeds would include miniature poodles, pugs, the Shih Tzu, miniature schnauzers, and cocker spaniels among others.
The other objection would be that you may predecease the animal. This is where intelligent advance planning comes in.
It is possible to set up a pet trust for the benefit of your dog, providing the caretaker with the financial resources necessary to meet the dog’s needs throughout its life. One could alternately provide a direct bequest to the caretaker, but there is less control when you choose this option.
Without question, man’s best friend can brighten the life of a senior citizen. If you would like to discuss pet planning with an expert, simply take a moment to arrange for a consultation with a good Indianapolis estate planning lawyer who has a thorough understanding of Indiana pet trusts.
Mr. Kraft assists clients primarily in the areas of estate planning and administration, Medicaid planning, federal and state taxation, real estate and corporate law, bringing the added perspective of an accounting background to his work.
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