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The subject of estate planning is complex and highly technical. In addition, it involves two emotionally charged issues that most of us don't like to talk about: death and taxes. But discussing these subjects with a qualified estate planning advisor is essential if you are to make informed and responsible decisions that will not only affect your human loved ones, but might affect your animal loved ones as well.

The more informed you make yourself before you hire an estate planning attorney, the better able you will be to understand his or her advice. By understanding the subject, you'll have a better idea of what questions to ask and an easier time understanding the answers.

There are many sources of information available online. Estate Planning for Pets is a muti-function site with information for both pet owners and lawyers. For pet owners, the Frequently Asked Questions section is very useful, addressing such nuts-and-bolts questions as: "Do I need estate planning for my pet?''; "What is a pet trust?'' and "Where can I find other professionals to assist me?'' Also, The Legal Resources section, though technical, has a wealth of important information.

One final feature of the site: There is no fee to access and use the site. While it is not a substitute for an attorney's advice, it's an excellent place to start.

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