PLANNING FOR YOUR PET
knows that our pets are so much more to us than property,
they are family.
Unfortunately, unlike our human children, the U.S. Law
views our beloved fur or feathered children as property.
The bottom line is: without written instructions of
your wishes, "property" can be legally destroyed.
Every hour of every day 50 companion animals are euthanized
in US animal shelters simply because their human companions
died and made no arrangements for their continuous care.
1990, the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform
State Laws added a section to the Uniform Probate Code
to validate "a trust for the care of a designated
domestic or pet animal and the animal's offspring."
Currently many states including California, Oregon, Alaska,
Kentucky, New York, and Wisconsin enforce pet trusts;
that is, monies and/or property set aside to care for
an animal. Pet owners who live in states that have not
adopted the probate code enforcing honorary pet trusts
can just as easily write the pet, and the intended new
pet owner, into their wills.
must plan for your beloved pet's continued care should
something unexpected happen to you.
The owner of his or her will can designate a beneficiary
to inherit the pet: but , there's no stopping that person
from giving the animal away, or dumping it in an animal
shelter or refusing the inheritance. Sadly, here at BlueMoon
we see this happen every day and although we save some
of the orphans MANY PERISH DUE TO LACK OF FUNDING.
are legal resources that will aid you in planning for
your pet's future without you. We are more than happy
to discuss options with you about the planning process
and direct you to the right resources, however we
cannot give legal advice.
New York City Residents, the NY City Bar Association
has a great electronic
brochure on this subject.
Estate Planning For Pets Foundation
purpose of the Foundation is to provide an educational
resource for pet owners regarding the who's, what's,
when's, where's, and why's of planning for the
care of their pets when they no longer can.
In doing so, the Foundation hopes to prevent the
tragedy that results when pet owners have not
planned ahead. At this time, the sole activity
of the Foundation is the maintenance of this web
sole incorporator, director, and author for the
Foundation is Steven Baker, Esq., an estates and
trusts attorney and C.P.A. BlueMoon has
received permission to link to his website.
site contains a list of professional law firms
experienced with pet estate planning.
Here for Information
great site with more general information on estate
planning. You can find attorneys by zip code or
Planning for Non-Human Family Members (pdf
by Gerry W. Beyer Governor Preston E. Smith Regents
Professor of Law Texas Tech University School of
with permission from Gerry W. Berry.
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LEGAL DISCLAIMER: BlueMoon
Meadows, Inc. is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting
or other professional service.
If legal advice is required, the service of a competent
professional should be sought.