A Legal Introduction to a Pet Trust Fund

Animal law has become a legal specialty in the past thirty years. While historically animals were purely “property,” a “rights” or “companionship” viewpoint is slowly developing. For example, a few states have enacted legislation or have judicial decisions allowing some financial recovery for owners beyond fair-market-value for the wrongful death of domesticated dogs and cats.

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Effie Samios
Feathers Ruffled. Fur Flies. Lessons Learned From Ebola.

Feathers were ruffled and fur flew when the fate of the dogs owned by two women who contracted the Ebola virus was brought to public attention. In Spain, Excaliber, the dog who belonged to a health care worker who contracted the virus was euthanized despite protests by animal lovers who started a Twitter campaign #salvomosaexcaliber. U.S. officials were a bit more humane; they quarantined Bentley, the King Charles Spaniel belonging to Dallas health care worker Nina Pham.

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Effie Samios
Providing for your pet after you are gone

You just love your darling pet and are sure everyone else does, too. How could they not? So if you were to pass away or no longer be able to care for your pet, a family member or friend would certainly give him or her a good home, right? Wrong unfortunately.

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Effie Samios