In Montana, your pets are legally considered to be tangible personal property, just like your art, furniture, clothing, and jewelry. When you die, your pets will pass to your beneficiaries by provisions in your will or trust. If you don't have a will or trust, your pets will pass to your heirs according to the Montana Uniform Probate Code. If your heirs refuse to accept your pets, a judge will have to make the final decision about what happens to your pets, which may mean that your pets end up in a local animal shelter or they may be euthanized. To avoid this, you should consider setting up an estate plan that includes provisions for your pets in case of your death or incapacity. Contact Julie Goodkind at Matrium Law Group to discuss your options. Julie's email address is email@example.com.