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Ask Yourself These 3 Questions?

~ UPON YOUR DEATH; DO YOU WANT THE VERY BEST CARE FOR YOUR PET UPON?

~ UPON YOUR DEATH; ARE YOU COMFORTABLE WITH FAMILY DETERMINING THE BEST CARE FOR YOUR PET?

~ WOULD YOU LIKE; PEACE OF MIND NOW REGARDING THIS SUBJECT?

Trusts for Pets

California enacted Probate Code Section 15211 and 15212 in 1991. These sections allow for the creation of trusts intended for the care of domestic animals. Per Probate Code Section 15211, a trust is designed for the care of a pet to be performed by the trustee for no more than 21 years. Probate Code Section 15212 provides for the creation of a trust for the care of a pet for the lifetime of the animal. Accordingly, California pet owners can use these provisions to protect their treasured pet.

~ All animals can be protected from becoming homeless. You can ensure them a secure future. All you have to do is care enough and fill out a Pet Protection Agreement at LegalZoom (many people complete in 15 Minutes) Sample Agreement or Contact Us (below) for Free Access to another Example  ~

What’s the difference between a Pet Protection Agreement Pet Trust and a Standard Pet Trust?

Like the Pet Protection Agreement pet trust, a stand-alone pet trust is a legal document used to ensure that your pets are cared for in case you pass away or become unable to take care of your pets. However, a stand-alone pet trust has more formalities and should be created by an attorney who specialized in estate planning and has special experience in pet issues and animal law.

If a Pet Owner plans to leave a substantial amount of money or property for the care of pets or believes that family members may put up a fight, or be unwilling to accept the animals, then a formal stand-alone pet trust can be a good option.

Another kind of pet trust is the statutory pet trust which can be created through a last Will. They often include only basic, limited provisions, they can be tied up in court probate, and they are not valid in all 50 states. These are not stand-alone pet trusts because they are put into effect only sometime after the Will is read. the Pet Protection Agreement pet trust is valid in all states and at all times during the Pet Owner’s life and
after the Pet Owner’s death.

Recent reports by The American Pet Products Association (APPA) found that only 9% of individuals with Wills have made provisions for his/her pets which are also considered members of the family. Even though it’s incredibly sad to consider our pets existence without us, address this anxiety before its too late. We provide a path to keep your kitty purring peacefully long after you’re gone.

Historically, pets are deemed property and, as such, aren’t entitled to receive property through probate or trust. However, recognizing that a lot of pet owners desire to guard their pets after their death, the California legislation altered the probate code to permit for trusts dedicated to pets.

Furever Heaven can guide you through the Will or Pet Trust preparation process utilizing appropriate legal language for your State or Municipality, including the documentation we can provide. Furever Heaven is in the process of obtaining it’s 501(c)(3) designation.

Pet owners aren’t allowed to leave money directly to their animals but, you may to a Trusted Designated Guardian.

Realization of this vision is steadily coming to fruition from sales through our local Feline Fit Club activity channels and contributions to our work accelerating Homeless Kitty Adoption.

Pet Guardian Succession Planning:

  • Act Now to Avoid Probate
  • Designating a Guardian
  • Designating a Sanctuary or Charitable Organization
  • Determine Appropriate Funds for Care
  • Create a Pet Trust (resources available online)

What Can We Do For You?

There are a number of methods available to create an estate plan with consideration for the care of your pet.  No matter what formal or informal method you choose, there are five general steps that you should take.

Selecting a Caretaker

The first step, and usually the most difficult, in planning for the care of your pet is selecting a suitable caretaker – a person or organization that is willing and able to provide the appropriate standard of pet care when you no longer can.

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Compiling Information About Your Pet

Compiling the information for your designated caretaker or any other person who might have to take care of the pet is absolutely necessary.  This step should involve consideration of both the short-term and long-term care of your pet.

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Making Your Pet & Information Accessible

Making your pet accessible to the caretaker is often overlooked. In any case, your caretaker needs to have immediate access to the pet in case of an emergency. This may be accomplished by either providing keys to your home, or how to obtain them. Furthermore, your caretaker should have ready access to any necessary information and documents providing for the care of the pet.

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Providing Care-taking Funds

Depending on the circumstances, you may very well want to set aside an amount of care-taking funds necessary to cover expenses for your pet.  In estimating the total amount needed, you should consider the amounts you already expend food, medications, veterinary care, toys, recreation, entertainment, grooming, supplies, cages, boarding, pet-sitting, compensation for the caretaker (beyond reimbursement) and the amount necessary to respectfully dispose of the pet upon its death.  In making a budget, you should also consider the life expectancy of the pet.

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Selecting the Appropriate Legal Path

There are a variety of legally-enforceable mechanisms that are available for you to provide for the care of your pet when you are no longer able.  The appropriateness of a particular document depends on the circumstances involved and the laws of the jurisdiction where the pet owner and pet reside.

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Memorializing Your Intentions

The final step is making your intentions clear, which may involve a formal or informal arrangement with your caretaker or other parties.  Even if you choose not to incur the time or expense of making formal, legal arrangements, you should nonetheless express your intentions for the care of your pet in writing and with sufficient detail utilizing a Pet Protection Agreement.  Doing so will, at very least, provide a contract between you and the caretaker/guardian.

Learn More

What Can We Do For You?

There are a number of methods available to create an estate plan with consideration for the care of your pet.  No matter what formal or informal method you choose, there are five general steps that you should take.

Selecting a Caretaker

The first step, and usually the most difficult, in planning for the care of your pet is selecting a suitable caretaker – a person or organization that is willing and able to provide the appropriate standard of pet care when you no longer can.

Learn More

Compiling Information About Your Pet

Compiling the information for your designated caretaker or any other person who might have to take care of the pet is absolutely necessary.  This step should involve consideration of both the short-term and long-term care of your pet.

Learn More

Making Your Pet & Information Accessible

Making your pet accessible to the caretaker is often overlooked. In any case, your caretaker needs to have immediate access to the pet in case of an emergency. This may be accomplished by either providing keys to your home, or how to obtain them. Furthermore, your caretaker should have ready access to any necessary information and documents providing for the care of the pet.

Learn More

Providing Care-taking Funds

Depending on the circumstances, you may very well want to set aside an amount of care-taking funds necessary to cover expenses for your pet.  In estimating the total amount needed, you should consider the amounts you already expend food, medications, veterinary care, toys, recreation, entertainment, grooming, supplies, cages, boarding, pet-sitting, compensation for the caretaker (beyond reimbursement) and the amount necessary to respectfully dispose of the pet upon its death.  In making a budget, you should also consider the life expectancy of the pet.

Learn More

Selecting the Appropriate Legal Path

There are a variety of legally-enforceable mechanisms that are available for you to provide for the care of your pet when you are no longer able.  The appropriateness of a particular document depends on the circumstances involved and the laws of the jurisdiction where the pet owner and pet reside.

Learn More

Memorializing Your Intentions

The final step is making your intentions clear, which may involve a formal or informal arrangement with your caretaker or other parties.  Even if you choose not to incur the time or expense of making formal, legal arrangements, you should nonetheless express your intentions for the care of your pet in writing and with sufficient detail utilizing a Pet Protection Agreement.  Doing so will, at very least, provide a contract between you and the caretaker/guardian.

Learn More
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We are one of many online resources for After-Death Care for your Pet(s).  What drives our passion is a devotion to Surrogate Guardianship and Exceeding The Wishes of our clients. Solid After-Death Planning for Pets doesn’t necessarily require a lawyer. We can demystify the process. Put yourself at ease and reach out to us for guidance, today!

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  • Debra@FureverHeaven.org