Inheritance of a dog

////Inheritance of a dog


Hi! My question is to confirm what happens to my dog if I die without a signed will in place. I am not married, so I believe my parents will take ownership of all my assets/belongings. Some legal articles online state that a pet is treated like the rest of the deceased's property, which means my dog will also go to my parents by default. Can you confirm this, please?


A decedent’s next of kin will generally inherit the decedent’s animals unless there is a will or trust that provides otherwise or the animal was rehomed prior to the decedent’s death, in which case the decedent no longer owned the animal. Disputes sometimes arise between a decedent’s next of kin and a person who claims that the animal was given to him/her before the decedent’s death. It is prudent to have a will or trust in place.

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