Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Who Will Care When You’re Not There?

Who Will Care When You're Not There? Estate Planning for Pet Owners

by Robert E. Kass, JD, LLM &
Elizabeth A. Carrie, JD, LLM

I am a pet owner. My pets are family, and therefore very important to me.

This topic is something that all pet owners think about. Co-written by attorneys who specialize in estate planning, it is a straightforward basic guide for your pet’s care in your absence. The authors offer various options to consider for short-term, long-term, and permanent situations.

The author’s advice takes into consideration the type and lifespan of the pet, choosing an appropriate caretaker, and future costs and care for the pet. There is a section regarding the possibilities and ways for establishing trust funds. Tax laws and legalities for each state are also discussed. Finally, the authors offer pet information sheets, forms, and wallet cards where you can record the pet’s health, habits, schedules, and more.

This book is an important read for all pet owners, because they depend on us.

1 comment:

  1. I am owned by a dog as well, but she's at the end of her life, so this isn't a concern right now. I know our son would take her in a minute anyway. It is something to think about.