As humans, we value our companions in life. Not only does this consist of our loved ones, it includes our pets too. Our dogs, cats and any other animal we’ve made into our companion have become a big part of our lives. They are part of the family. Every day we treat these pets as if they are our best friend. We take care of them and in some way, we believe they take care of us too. Naturally, we want to make sure they are taken care of when we are no longer around. In order to do so, you can set up a pet trust to ensure your pet will live a healthy life after you are gone. This can help provide a stable environment for the pet that will keep them comfortable and happy. Although we do not want to think about our death, we want to keep our pets healthy. It is never too early to prepare for your pet’s care.
California law recognizes that people may want to make plans for their pets. In some circumstances, the law permits people to create a trust for care and maintenance of their pets. To find out how to do this, it is best to contact our professional attorneys for a consultation.
A pet trust can be established in the deceased’s will. It may be a part of a revocable living trust or a stand-alone trust. The terms of a pet trust should be very personalized just as the terms are for gifts to other beneficiaries. When you give guidance to the trustee, it can be broad or specific. When naming a trustee for the trust, it does not have to be the same as the caregiver for your pet. You do have the option to name the caregiver as the trustee or you may wish to name someone else.
When you appoint a caregiver for your pet, it is important to give detailed directions. You know how your pet is. You see them and live with them every day. Because of this, you know what they like and what they do not like. List the foods that your pet likes. List the foods they do not like. Name the veterinarian that you bring your pet to. Even list any medications that your pet has been taking. Also, you will want to instruct your trustee on how to spend the funds remaining in the trust when your pet dies. If you wish to have your pet cremated or buried upon their death, include that as well. This can all help to ensure your pet is in good care when you are gone.
With the option of a pet trust, you have the opportunity to prepare for your pet’s future. In order to best prepare, contact our professional attorneys for any legal advice you may need.
Working with an experienced estate planning attorney, such as Jaci Feldman of the Woodland Hills, California, Law Office of Yacoba Ann Feldman, will ensure that you are taken care of when you need it most. Contact The Law Offices of Yacoba Ann Feldman to schedule a consultation today.