It’s impossible to put a price on the joy a pet can bring. Those of us who live with dogs, cats, or other animal companions often consider them members of our families, and we will do just about anything to keep them safe, healthy, and happy.
But then a vet bill comes along. Suddenly, the price of pet ownership is not only obvious but unreasonably high.
Indeed, according to a survey by the Associated Press, 41% of pet owners are worried about not being able to afford medical bills for a sick cat or dog. Rising life expectancies for pets may only compound those bills.
For many families, the dilemma mirrors the struggle of finding affordable human health care. And it raises an all-too-familiar question: Is insurance worth it?
A recent NBC article offers some insights. In “Pet insurance: A good deal? Or a rip off?,” “ConsumerMan” Herb Weisman digs into the costs and benefits of pet health care plans.
His takeaway: “If you buy pet insurance and don’t use it, consider yourself lucky. But with pets living longer these days, your chances of using the policy are greater than ever.”
While you’re thinking about your pet’s future, here’s another question to reflect on: Have you considered what might happen to your pet during a divorce? Our colleague Kate McQueen wrote an excellent article on the subject on the Offit Kurman blog. Click here to read “Divorce and Your Pet.”
Offit Kurman’s Family Law attorneys are dedicated to resolving conflicts and protecting your and your family’s interests in a fast, straightforward, and cost-effective manner. See for yourself what we can do for you.
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Cheryl Hepfer is a highly-regarded attorney who has practiced family law for more than 40 years. She has been rated by her peers and is listed in Best Lawyers in America and as a top lawyer in the Washingtonian, Bethesda Magazine, and Super Lawyers. She is past president of both the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and the International Academy of Family Lawyers.
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As a family law attorney, Sandra (Sandy) Brooks’ practice focuses on a wide range of aspects in regards to family law. She dedicates her time to assisting clients in domestic law matters including divorce, child custody and visitation, family mediation, spousal and child support, property division, and division of retirement benefits. Other matters that fall under her jurisdiction as a family law attorney include tax consequences of divorce, mediation, prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements, negotiating and drafting of separation agreements, domestic litigation, and post-judgment proceedings.
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