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)
Attorney writes from Scratch
(valid before & after death)
Pet Protection Agreement®
(valid before & after death)
Must be drafted by an attorney No Yes No
Funds must be used for pets care No Yes Yes
Court may reduce funds Yes Yes No
Must include funds No Yes No
Legal in all states No No 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