Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Estate Planning for Kentucky

Q: my boyfriend had a dog a month prior to us dating I helped take care of her for 6months and he passed I keep her

The papers and tags are all in my name and vet bills. Can the executor of his estate get her or do I get to keep her? Me and him lived together the entire time we dated.

1 Lawyer Answer
Kenneth V Zichi
Kenneth V Zichi
  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Fowlerville, MI

A: If the dog has 'papers' that would be essentially the 'title' to the animal. If it is in your name, the dog is yours. The fact that the license is also in your name solidifies that more.

It is YOUR dog, not your boyfriends no matter who 'thought' they owned the dog.

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