Here's a list of our most Frequently Asked Questions, if you have a question we have not answered here, feel free to get in touch with us.
+ Should I set up a Pet Trust?
Of course. Give them a life of safety so they’ll never end up in an orphan. You can leave as much money as you want or none in the Pet Protection Agreement pet trust. Even if you think family members may dispute your wishes, a well-written pet trust wins against all court battles. It confirms ownership and you get to choose who will take care of your animals.
+ Why should I make a Pet Protection Agreement® pet trust?
The Pet Protection Agreement® pet trust ensures continuing care for your pets if you pass away or become unable to take care of them on your own. It's a comprehensive set of instructions for your appointed Pet Guardian to follow which ensures that your pets receive the standard of care that they're accustomed to.
Without a Pet Protection Agreement® pet trust, a judge can decide where your pets go. This could take months, even years, and could have a devastating impact on your pets.
+ Do I need an attorney to create a Pet Protection Agreement® pet trust
No. You do not need an attorney to prepare a Pet Protection Agreement® pet trust. We make it easy to create a Pet Protection Agreement® pet trust from your home or office. However, if you are unsure about your needs and require legal advice for your specific circumstances, we recommend that you reach out to Rachel Hirschfeld.
+ What are the differences between the three different pet trusts?
+ Who should I name as the pet guardian?
Since the pet guardian will own your pets when you are unable to care for them, and if you pass away, you should name someone you trust and believe will do a good job. Discuss the responsibilities involved. You can name a person or an organization.
When you name an organization in the business of animals, you are also giving them the power to help enforce the Pet Protection Agreement® pet trust.
+ What if I don't know anyone and do not have a family member to name as the pet guardian?
Many are in this position, including me. Here are a few suggestions. You can ask your veterinarian if she or he would agree to be the pet guardian and then be in charge of finding the pets a home. You can ask your local shelter or rescue owner if they would agree to be the pet guardian and then find the pets a home. In both these cases you are choosing who will take care of them rather than leaving this to the court.
+ Is the Pet Protection Agreement® pet trust valid in Canada?
The Pet Protection Agreement® pet trust is valid in all of Canada and the rest of the world. It is valid all over the world if signed as instructed. Both the pet guardian and the pet owner as well as the notary and witnesses must sign.
+ How many Pet Protection Agreements® pet trusts do I need for my 3 or 4 or 10 pets?
You only need one Pet Protection Agreement® pet trust for all your pets. One Pet Protection Agreement protects unlimited animals for one pet guardian. If, however, you have one or more pets who will go to another pet guardian, the, you need to complete a separate Pet Protection Agreement. One Pet Protection Agreement per pet guardian, not per pet. But please remember, both the pet guardian and the pet owner as well as the notary and witnesses must sign.
+ If I buy the Pet Trust for $25, does this include a review by a lawyer, just to make sure everything is okay and legal?
Anything you write can not invalidate the Pet Protection Agreement pet trust. You can not make a mistake that would affect it. The legal part of it is written where you can not change it.
+ How much money should I leave?
You can leave as much money as you want or none at all in the Pet Protection Agreement® pet trust. Treat it like you would if you were leaving your child to you sister. Some may need the money and some don't. the average amount left is about $25,000.00 worth in money and or other property, like a house. You can even leave your house or a percentage of it.
Leaving money for your pets' care is optional. However, if you do decide to leave funds, consider these factors:
- How many pets are included
- How long they are expected to live
- Compensation for the pet guardian.
+ After all the animals pass away, what happens to the funds?
Once all your pets have passed away, remaining funds go to the beneficiaries you have named.
Follow my instructions and you will lock out all adversaries such as courts, lawyers, family members and others who may look for a way to change what you demanded. You may leave assets to animal shelters or rescues, friends, family, cancer, charities, or even the local fire department down the street.
+ What are Beneficiaries?
Someone recently asked me this question "I'd like to buy the packet for myself and husband for a trust for our dogs. When it says beneficiaries in the purchase window, do I put my name?"
It's a great question, here is the answer: If you are leaving funds (property, money, insurance funds, stocks, art - anything) then there may be some left over after all your animals pass. That left over will have to go somewhere. Where it goes is to the "beneficiaries."
+ Is there a trustee in the Pet Protection Agreement® pet trust?
No. The pet guardian is in charge of the pets and the funds. However, if you want a different person to be in charge of just the funds then you can choose to name a distribution representative who will invest the funds and distribute them to the pet guardian.
+ I took out a life insurance policy to fund this plan. Do you know if I can name "Pet Protection Plan" as the beneficiary?
You would probably name the Pet Guardian or the Distribution Representative, if you chose one, as the beneficiary. If you ever change who the Pet Guardian or the Distribution Representative is in the Pet Protection Agreement pet trust then you rename the beneficiary in the insurance policy.
+ What makes the Pet Protection Agreement® pet trust legal?
The Pet Protection Agreement® is a Will and a Trust at the same time as it is a Contract, and it overrides anything written prior.
It overrides anything written except a new Pet Protection Agreement® pet trust. Pet Protection Agreement® pet trust is a contractual agreement between the pet owner and the pet guardian. The legalese at the end of the Agreement as well as the signature of both parties, notary and witnesses makes it legal.
+ What other legal documents are included in the Pet Protection Agreement® pet trust?
The Pet Protection Agreement® pet trust includes a limited Health Care Proxy and Power of Attorney. If you are injured or in an accident, the Health Care Proxy allows the pet guardian to get a letter from the doctor that you are unable to care for your animals. If you left funds, s/he can get money if the pets need expensive care.
+ What are the Hospital Forms?
These Hospital Forms legally permit entry, care and return of your pets. When the pet owner is in the hospital or any other facility, these fill-in permission Hospital Forms are for the pet owner to complete so their pets can be cared for. These Hospital Forms permit entry to your home, allow care for your animals, and ensure return of your pets when you are able to care for them again. Make extra copies and hand one over to a facility worker.
+ Why do we need the hospital forms?
These Hospital Forms legally permit entry, care and return of your pets.
Upon arrival at the hospital or other facility, you should give a facility worker these filled-in Hospital Forms for the care of your pets.
Are there animals, special needs or young children, elderly, or disabled people you are leaving behind who need care? If you answer yes, then child services or elder authorities would be called to administer care for them, but there is nothing in place to do that for your animals.
These Hospital Forms legally permit entry, care and return of your pets. Make extra copies and hand one over to a facility worker.
If you have a question, feel free to get in touch with us.