Our pets are family members. Some of us know that when we die, our pets will be cared for by family or friends. However, many people feel the need to be more specific, and rightfully so. Fortunately, California law recognizes that it may be appropriate, in some circumstances, to create a trust for the care and maintenance of pets. If you need a San Fernando Valley pet trust attorney, we know how much your pet means to you, and it is our job to ensure that you have peace of mind. In fact, every aspect of estate planning is all about giving you and your family the peace of mind you deserve, and this is just another part of doing so. If you are interested in knowing more about pet trusts or need a compassionate environment in which to develop a comprehensive estate plan that involved pet trusts, please contact The Law Offices of Yacoba Ann Feldman.
How do I create a pet trust in California?
A pet trust can be created in a will, as a part of a revocable living trust or as a stand-alone trust. The terms of a pet trust should be personalized like the terms for gifts to other beneficiaries. The guidance you give the trustee can be broad or specific. Keep in mind that the person you name in charge of the trust does not necessarily have to be the same person who will actually have custodial responsibilities for your pets. In fact, oftentimes, we suggest to our clients to appoint two parties; one who will manage the trust, and another who will care for your pet. This way each party can check on the other to ensure they are carrying out your wishes, as you would have intended. Of course, you do not have to appoint two people, and as long as you trust one person to appropriately handle these affairs.
That being said, when you do appoint a caregiver or custodian for your pets, you should provide in-depth directions for health care, what veterinarian you wish for the caregiver to take your pet to, as well as whether you have any preference for where you want your pet buried/cremated when the time comes. You should also leave clear instructions regarding how any remaining funds are to be distributed after your pets have died. Of course, nobody wants to think about something like this, however, preparing for the future is one of the most important things we as people can do. Both for us and our pets. Furthermore, we find that establishing a proper plan for the care and well-being of people’s pets is oftentimes satisfying and relieves stress among pet owners. If you’re ready to get started, pick up the phone and speak with our firm today.
Contact a Woodland Hills Pet Trust Attorney
It is important to consider what will happen after we are gone. Preparing for the future of our pets can be a powerful step towards a comprehensive estate plan. The Law Offices of Yacoba Ann Feldman has been a legal resource to people in the San Fernando Valley for over 35 years. When preparing for the future, you cannot simply choose just any attorney. You need an attorney who is truly your number one advocate through every step of the process Our firm provides a supportive and warm environment that helps our clients openly discuss their goals for the future. If you need a consultation so you can begin protecting your future, contact The Law Offices of Yacoba Ann Feldman for a consultation today.