What Joan Rivers Just Taught Pet Lovers About Estate Planning

The death of comedienne Joan Rivers has left millions of fans mourning her loss. The acclaim is sincere: In her arena, the 81-year-old Rivers was a master whose career spanned half a century and represented a huge step forward for women in comedy.

And, when it came to making sure that her loved ones were provided for after she was gone, Rivers did a masterful job of taking care of her family — by no means a guarantee among the Hollywood set.

But interestingly, she (like her recently departed colleague, Robin Williams) has also left behind a valuable estate-planning lesson that millions could benefit from: In her case, how to ensure that your pets are cared for as you’d want after you die.

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