ARTICLES BY RACHEL HIRSCHFELD
This article is about pet trusts, the legal documents that secure an animal’s uninterrupted care. The goal is to guide the reader through the process of writing a definitive pet trust, and to highlight the potential mistakes and pitfalls that could invalidate these documents.
- Rachel Hirschfeld | 9 Alb. Govt. L. Rev. 107 (2016)
The loyal family dog that daily greets her owner at the door at day’s end often becomes a focal point when divorce disrupts a family unit.
Pet Trusts and Pet Protection Agreements
Care for Your Pets, Even When You Can't Care for Them
Pets are important to your clients. Most pet owners consider their pets as part of their families. A 2001 survey by the American Animal Hospital Association found that 83 percent of pet owners refer to themselves as their pet's "mom" or "dad." The most effective way for a pet owner to ensure continuity of care for a pet in the event of the owner's incapacity or death is to establish a pet trust.
Solutions to estate planning for people and their pets.
People live longer, have more pets, and treat them more like family than ever before.
More than 74 million American households have 365 million pets....and we LOVE them!
What other documents should I consider? Pet Protection Documents.
Health care proxies and power of attorney.