Three Reasons Why You Should Have A Pet Trust In Your Estate Plan

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For many people, pets are like members of the family. Perhaps you have wondered what will become of your beloved companion if you become incapacitated and after you pass away? A pet trust could provide the answer. Let’s take a look at three reasons why you may want to consider a pet trust.

First, a pet trust can ensure that your pet will be well cared for when you can no longer provide necessary care yourself. You will enjoy the peace of mind that comes from knowing your pet won’t be placed in a shelter, wind up with a family that doesn’t really want him or her, or, worst of all, euthanized. A pet trust allows you to designate a caretaker for your pet, someone you trust.

Second, a pet trust allows you to specify exactly how your pet will be cared for. Does your pet only like a certain food, have a favorite treat, love a particular toy? You can note all of this in your pet trust and make financial provisions to cover the costs. Your pet trust can also provide compensation for your pet’s designated caretaker, which helps to ensure that your wishes (and of course your pet’s wishes) will indeed be carried out.

Third, a frequently overlooked issue that a pet trust can address is the final disposition of your pet. It may be very important to you that your pet is not buried in a certain place or cremated. A pet trust can allow you to provide detailed instructions regarding your pet’s final disposition and cover the expenses associated with it.

If you have a pet who is lovingly by your side, consider giving him or her the ultimate treat: a properly designed, implemented, and funded pet trust. Please contact the Law Offices of Clifford M. Cohen at (202) 895-2799 to schedule a time to discuss your pet’s particular needs.