The table below is a quick introduction to the pet trust documents for including animals in estate planning:

 

The Documents...

In the Will (Valid Only After Death)

Private Attorney Pet Trust (Valid Before & After Death)

Pet Protection Agreement ® Pet Trust (Valid Before & After Death)


Must be drafted by an attorney

No

Yes

No

Funds must be used for pets

No

Yes

Yes

Court may reduce funds

Yes

Most of the Time

No

Must include funds

No

Yes

No

Legal in all states

No

Yes

Yes

Valid after pet owner’s death

Yes

Yes

Yes

Valid during pet owner’s life and after pet owner’s death

No

Yes

Yes