Making a will is a topic so many people avoid for a slew of reasons; their health is good, nothing tragic or unexpected will happen to them at this time of their lives, they believe they don’t have much in assets to leave anyone, or it simply is a taboo topic they will deal with ‘someday’ in the distant future. Unfortunately reasons can change in an instant. Would you want your possessions to be decided by a court or the State to receive all your valuables?
“A prepared will can provide peace of mind knowing everything that is important to them has been accounted for and left to those people or local charities that mean something significant to that individual” noted volunteer Claudia Labbe’ of YOUR Humane Society SPCA. “As many people know, I am actively involved with our local HSSPCA and of my love of all animals. This is why I made plans accordingly to help continue assisting them in the important work they do even after I have passed. I have had the joy of witnessing how many lives are improved, both of animals and people, by the efforts of YOUR HSSPCA and I want that to continue through my planned giving.”
Pet owners are also strongly encouraged to include a PET TRUST in their estate planning. Assign a pet caregiver, provide funding for the pets’ lifetime care and have the trustee maintain asset control according to your wishes. In your will, be sure to select a temporary caretaker for your pet for the time between the owner’s death and the admission of the will to probate. Also, if no friend or relative can be found to take your pet, a charitable organization can be considered to care for, and/or place your furry companion. Florida Statute §736.0408 allows a pet trust as part of your estate planning, is enforceable in court, and allows part of your estate to go towards the care of your pet.
YOUR Humane Society SPCA offers this printable guide of valuable information to those wanting to assist the local non-profit via their estate planning preparations. This resource will provide assistance to interested donors, presentable to their independent financial and legal counsel when executing wills, trusts, contracts and other agreements. For those interested in saving lives by "Leaving a Legacy of Compassion," please contact the YOUR Humane Society SPCA at 352-793-9117, or at PO Box 67/994 CR 529A, Lake Panasoffkee, FL, 33538 for a mailed copy of this guide.
YOUR Humane Society SPCA is a 501(c)3 non-profit, no-kill shelter helping animals in need throughout Sumter County, Florida. Donations directly help to cover the cost of saving, treating, and caring for neglected, abused and abandoned animals. Learn more about the YOUR HSSPCA at hsspca.org, 352-793-9117, on Facebook or at the shelter located at 994 CR 529A, in Lake Panasoffkee, Mon.-Fri. 8am-5pm and Sat. 8am-4pm. Visitors are always welcome!
Your gift is very much appreciated and may be tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. A copy of our latest financial report may be obtained by writing to YOUR Humane Society SPCA, PO Box 67, Lake Panasoffkee, FL 33538, 352-793-9117 or www.hsspca.org.
YOUR Humane Society SPCA has been formed to: encourage responsible animal ownership practices through education, report incidents of animal cruelty and/or neglect to government agencies chartered to take appropriate action, provide care for adoptable animals that are injured, abused, unwanted, or abandoned, secure permanent homes for as many adoptable animals as possible, provide spay and neuter services for animals to be adopted, as appropriate, to reduce unwanted animal populations.
If you are a resident of the state of Florida, you may obtain financial information directly from the state agency: FLORIDA – A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE, 1-800-435-7352 (800-HELP-FLA) WITHIN THE STATE OR VISITING www.800helpfla.com.
REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. Florida Registration CH4452.