There was a wonderful, sunny V. E. Day celebration taking place in Seer Green, Beaconsfield today, with neighbours chatting and mingling (from a distance, of course), bunting everywhere and glasses of fizz and cake galore. I was entertained to see this lovely pet tortoise legging it down the road at speed, dressed in his V. E. Day ribbon. I can only assume he’d had enough of the lockdown and saw his chance to escape.
A pet tortoise is quite a commitment, as their life expectancy is 50-100 years, and as such, they may well end up outliving their owners. Many pet owners worry about who would look after their pets if they died, and are concerned that they might end up having to be put down, or would not be well looked-after. To solve the problem, you can include a clause in your Will to choose the person who would look after your pets in that situation, much in the same way that you can appoint guardians for your children in your Will. Many testators choose to accompany the request with a legacy to cover the future costs of pet ownership, to defray the inevitable expenses in terms of Pedigree Chum (not for a tortoise), vet’s bills etc. It is also an excellent idea to mention to the person that you have included the clause in your Will, so that they know what to expect.
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