1. I think this is a repeat. And I think the answer I liked best was that Ludwig gives them a lot to talk about, keeping some level of boredom out of their lives. IOW, he’s an entertainer.

  2. Once your kid(s) leave home, or if you never have any, your pets become the main subject of conversation . . . I know that’s what has happened with Hubby and me, after almost 40 years of being together, and I know it’s that way with many of my dog-owning friends.

  3. I recently started looking at online services that would help you write a will. One of them, in their Jane Doe sample document, showed a “Pet Caretaker Declaration” section. What a selling point! I asked all the others whether they were going to be adding this essential feature.

  4. Our dogs have been in our wills for YEARS. Our attorney first kind of laughed at this, but figured we’re paying the bill, we can put in what we want. We have a caretaker designation AND life insurance policy beneficiary named so that money goes with the dogs. When we vet potential adopters, we always specify that caretakers must be named and put in a will by codicil.

  5. I agree with Arthur (about the cat keeping some of the boredom out of their lives) as well as with Andréa (in that pets become the main subject of conversation after your kids leave home).

    However, I still think that Ludwig provides a form of “couple’s therapy” in that he staves off animosity (“familiarity breeds contempt”) by providing something both parties enjoy talking about.

    In other words: I enjoy talking about Ludwig, and you enjoy talking about Ludwig,.. Let’s have fun together talking about Ludwig!

    The last panel’s alluding to the fact that Ludwig is effectively a couple’s therapist, and probably doesn’t get paid as much as a professional one.

  6. One of our dogs has become ‘pool entertainment’. Let’s face it, once you’ve cooled off, there isn’t much to do in a pool; this girl has invented many ways of retrieving, jumping on and off the pool floats, and just generally being our ‘pool fool’. She makes us laugh.

    (I’m prepared to be moderated) . . . if anyone wants a laff, here are some videos, about one minute each (and no, my feelings won’t be hurt if you don’t want to bother looking):


  7. Our last will was done before all this free internet boilerplate stuff was available. We’ve been discussing making a new one, so maybe that’s the way to go. Thanks for the link!

  8. Thanks, larK. The ones I’ve been looking at are largely filling-in-boilerplate too, but find room for charging something because of one or more of: interview interface to do the filling-in; review of the finished product by a lawyer; filing with the official registrar for your jurisdiction; storing your documents and releasing to the right people.

    For anyone curious about these resources (which I am still comparing), the ones I am holding open tabs for are:

    PublicLegal — see larK’s comment for link
    Willing — https://app.willing.com — they hit me with Facebook ads and browser ads so I gave them a look. This seems to be their only legal service at this time and under this name.
    RocketLawyer — https://www.rocketlawyer.com — they do a few things, so their front page starts with “what do you want to do” and has choices like “start a business”
    Legal Zoom — https://www.legalzoom.com — heavily advertised somewhere as I’ve heard of them a lot — maybe radio, or podcasts? Their posture is similar to how larK describes PublicLegal, as a matter of “we aren’t your lawyer, but we can provide forms”. And charge a fee, for sure.

  9. I had to administer an estate for someone who apparently used a boilerplate will and did not involve an attorney. I would really recommend that you consult with an attorney so as to make things easier for your executor. Just for example, don’t specify for all your remaining property (the stuff that doesn’t have much sellable value like old books, classical music LPs, and old furniture) to be divided equally among 18 relatives all of whom live in another country. Think about the shipping costs and the customs duties.

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