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Ensure Your Pet is Loved for Life

For most people, particularly the owners of premium protection dogs, pets are family. Unfortunately, most loving dog owners don’t realize that when they die or become unable to take care of their animals, the money they’ve earmarked in a will or other legal document for their animal may not be respected as such by the courts. Legally-enforceable Pet Trusts are the only way to ensure your dog has the resources it needs in your absence.

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WHAT IS A
PET TRUST?

In a nutshell, a Pet Trust is legally-enforceable method of ensuring your animal’s needs, training, and well-being are considered once you’re gone. With nearly any trust, a written set of instructions are to be followed by someone you specifically name as the guardian of the trust.

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DO I NEED
A LAWYER?

Until recently, very few states allowed for animal trusts. Today, almost all states honor Pet Trusts written by a professional attorney; It’s therefore very important to retain the services of a pet lawyer or attorney when crafting this document.

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WHAT’S IN A
PET TRUST?

A legal pet trust contains information on care and instructions for the distribution of funds for the life of your pet. It can include a named caretaker, instructions for care, allocation of monies, and specifications if you’re unable to care for your pet before the time of your death.

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AFFORDABLE, EFFECTIVE LEGAL PET TRUSTS

The Components of a Pet Trust

A Pet Trust is more than a vehicle for money…it’s a way to specify the level of care, healthcare, and even the interaction your pet should receive. Pet Trusts provide more than peace of mind: they actually specify how your pet is legally required to be cared for when you’re gone.

What’s included in a typical pet trust document?
  • A named caretaker for the animal. This is the person that will have custody of the pet and be responsible for their day-to-day care, including dolling out the pet trust’s funds. They will also go to court and enforce the trust when necessary. Of course, you should discuss this responsibility with the person before naming them.
  • Instructions for your pet’s care. Which veterinarian to patronize, how often to walk, and even what kind of food your dog should be fed are important to spell out in the pet trust! This ensures your dog’s care will have to live up to your standards, legally, when you’re gone.
  • Specific directives on the care of your pet before your death. This is an important, but oft overlooked, section of pet trusts as it covers your pet in the event you become too ill or incapacitated to take care of it. Wills, in fact, cannot be enforced until your death.
  • The monetary amount set aside for the animal’s care. An attorney will help you estimate the cost of care for your pets based on their lifestyle, age, and other conditions.
  • How leftover money should be allocated. If funds should be leftover in the event of your pet’s death, specific where or who they should go to. The recipient could be a person, a charity, or a cause.

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How to Find a Pet Trust Lawyer

When setting up a pet trust, the most important decision you’ll make is choosing an appropriately-trained attorney to craft the document itself. The attorney you choose should understand the ownership and liability questions that come with investing in a fully-trained protection dog as well as offer comprehensive pet trust services for clients seeking to protect the newest addition to their family.

To speak with the attorney directly about setting up a pet trust for your
protection dog or other beloved animal, call 305-771-3301

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