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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)