Plan Ahead For Your Pet's Care And Welfare In Case It Outlives You

Many people become strongly attached to animals such as dogs, cats, horses or domesticated birds such as parrots. Your furry or feathered companion has a personality and a name. He or she is part of your daily life and you take seriously your responsibility for his or her welfare. So what will happen if your pet outlives you? It is natural to worry about what might happen to your beloved companion animal in the event of your death. A pet trust can help ensure that your favorite nonhuman creature is cared for with some of your assets.

Safeguarding The Future Of Your Pet As Part Of Your Estate Planning

Knowing your pet that you care for dearly will be well taken care of after you are gone can give you a reassuring feeling. Estate planning lawyer Wayne P. Marsh can help you set up a pet trust that legally states how your pet will be taken care of and by whom. Based in Sun City, Mr. Marsh often meets with clients in satellite offices throughout the Valley.

You can put legal protections in place to prevent a caregiver from making a premature decision to euthanize your pet. You may decide to get creative to accomplish a goal such as this. For example, you may set aside a large amount of money from your estate (for example, $5,000) allocated to the care of your pet after your death, with the stipulation that if your pet dies before the funds are used, the remainder will go to your local humane society or a pet rescue organization — and not into the pockets of whoever cares for your pet after your death.

How To Go About Creating A Pet Trust

Start by talking to Sun City attorney Wayne Marsh, a pet lover and pet owner all his life whose love for animals drives him to ensure that clients' pets are properly cared for as he would for his own. To put an effective pet trust in place, you can:

  • Work with us to identify and appoint a caregiver you are most comfortable with.
  • Carefully outline your pet's needs and how you want them cared for.
  • Authorize us as your trustees to oversee your pet's caregiver to ensure they care for your pet as you had intended and would want.
  • Provide a source of funds that will provide for your pet's care.

A pet trust can be customized per your wishes to:

  • Protect your Fluffy or Brownie from being put down or sent to an animal shelter if none of your family members is willing to take the pet in.
  • Avoid having your pets separated if you have more than one.
  • Give your pet a legal representative who can speak on the pet's behalf regarding the exact needs of your pet and the type of care needed.
  • Ensure your pet has a guaranteed source of funding so they can access the kind of care they are used to and that you would want them to have.

Complete Your Arizona Estate Plan With A Pet Trust

Take the first step to create a trust for your pet today. Email us or call 623-688-5128 or 888-251-5153 toll free to schedule initial consultation with an estate planning lawyer. Set your mind at ease knowing your pet's future is well protected and cared for.