A Pet Trust gives you the ability to set aside funds for your pet’s future care and determine what kind of care you expect your beloved companion to receive. A Pet Trust gives you peace of mind and provides:
A legal arrangement that stipulates how animal companions can be taken cared of or cared for financially if you become disabled or ill or pass away is a pet trust. This is necessary especially if you can no longer take care of your pets yourself.
In the process of setting up a trust, the grantor (you) has the authority to be specific in how you may want your assets in the trust to be managed, on behalf of the beneficiaries of the trust and yourself. On a similar principle, that’s how a pet trust operates.
You can set up the trust and name your trustee of choice. He or she holds cash or any assets to benefit your pets. In the trust, funds held can be used to pay to care for the pet and related expenses, such as the following:
A pet trust can be used to be specific about ‘end of life treatment’ and care for pets, as well as any arrangements of cremation or burial which you may prefer once the time comes.
Typically, a pet trust can be set in place for the life expectancy of the pet. However, several states do cap the duration of how long the pet trust can continue.
As for types of pets that can be covered under a pet trust, the list entails most domestic pets such as dogs, cats, lizards, turtles, snakes, birds, and small animals, like hamsters. However, you could set up a pet trust as well for a horse.
Creating a pet trust is no different from creating any other kind of trust with an estate planning attorney. At the Porro Law Group, we can assist you in drafting a trust document. You would need to identify the individual you want as your trustee, as well as trustees to succeed if you worry about your pet outliving any particular person.
For a consultation, contact us or give us a call at (973) 692-0010. We serve clients in Passaic County, Essex County, Morris County, Bergen County, Sussex County, and Hudson County.
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