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This article brought to you courtesy of Paula Walker of Confluence Law Center, Gresham Outlook Insider Estate Planning Expert.

Paula Walker

Sheltering-in-place we are all busy on our "mobile communication devices" sharing a smile to keep us connected, keep us uplifted; sharing laughter, grins, and groans for the punny-ness of it. All—remotely, of course. Social distancing and still finding ways to giggle together. It is what keeps us going. Many of these sharings that have us responding "LOL" are based on the creatures in our lives. There's Betty the Weather Cat whose cameo debut at the start of April with meteorologist, Jeff Lyons, triggered letters to his Indiana broadcasting station from as far away as Australia. Then there is a little Yorkie with a big smile from a stolen set of false teeth whose video went viral with his "cameraman" collapsing in laughter in the background.

Estate planning is, in large part, about taking care of our loved ones. Those can include for many of us, non-human companions. An important consideration in creating an estate plan is their ongoing care when you cannot provide that. The complexity of planning ranges from designating someone you trust to give your companion a good home, to creating a Pet Trust that provides legal protections and oversight for their life's duration. You may designate funds to provide for their needs including food and veterinary care. The main thing is to have a plan that has someone at the ready to step in and take care of your companion(s), forestalling an extended time of deprivation in an emergency because no one knows that there are those companions waiting at home for you. One well-thought out program available to Oregonians is the Oregon Humane Society's (OHS) Friends Forever Program. For any amount bequeathed in a Will or Trust to OHS, OHS commits to finding a home for your companion(s) for times of incapacity and after death. Check out: legacy.oregonhumane.org/friends-forever and legacy.oregonhumane.org/ollie-and-rusty.

So, when your consult with an attorney to create your estate plan, remember the "other" family member(s) who fill your life with joy and maybe, a sense of purpose …

Betty the Weather Cat : www.youtube.com/watch?v=d98Rl49H91A and www.facebook.com/143109659110100/videos/247416563311566/

Yorkie with a big smile : nypost.com/2020/04/22/dog-steals-fake-teeth-runs-around-with-gigantic-smile-in-viral-video/

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