Do you know what your pets do when you are not around? If your dog or cat creates a mess when you are not at home, then of course you know about that. But, what about at other times? Pets have a life of their own and they exist when you are not around. That means that they will continue to exist after you pass away. Just like they still need food and water when you are not around now, your pets will need food and water when you pass away. You can provide for your pets after you pass away by … [Read more...] about Does Fido or Boots Need a Trust?
When considering creating or updating your estate plan in 2023, you will want to make sure that you consider all of your planning needs. This will ensure that you have a proper plan that will protect you during all of life’s unexpected events. The information below will explain more about your needs. In this second installment about estate planning considerations, we address additional issues often overlooked in many estate plans. If you have any questions about the information below, or if … [Read more...] about New Year Resolution: Review Your Estate Plan (part 2 of 2)
What is a pet trust and how does it work? A pet trust lets pet owners provide a way to care for their pets after the owner dies. Pet trusts, like other trusts, are created when the pet owner transfers property to the trust to own. The pet owner must also select someone to run the trust, called a trustee, and decide how the funds should be used. Who cares for my pet? That is up to you. Many people direct that the trustee is there to pay for the pet's expenses while not actually providing … [Read more...] about 4 Questions About California Pet Trusts
When it comes to protecting your beloved pets, no one does it better than you. You love them... You feed them... You make sure they have everything they need to live a happy, healthy life. But what would happen if you were no longer around? Who would care for your pet? Would your friends and family know what foods to feed or what medications to give? How can you ensure that your pet continues to receive the love and care they need? What a Pet Trust Can Do A Pet Trust is a powerful … [Read more...] about Planning Should Include Your Pets
People often overlook important estate planning considerations. After taking an inventory of all your assets and readying them for distribution to your loved ones, it would be easy to overlook something that is not normally thought of as an asset, the family pet. This is one of the reasons why it is a good idea to engage the services of an experienced and qualified estate planning attorney. You only have one estate to plan, but an experienced estate planning lawyer prepares many estate … [Read more...] about Don’t Forget Fido and Boots in Your Estate Plan: Pet Planning
We’ve put together a collection of estate planning tips for you and your family. If you’re like most people, there will be at least one thing on this list that you haven’t thought of yet. Others will serve as a gentle reminder to take action. 1. You need to name temporary guardians so that someone is authorized to care for your children in the event you are disabled (temporarily or permanently) and unable to care for them yourself. After all, your will, appointing permanent guardians, … [Read more...] about Handy Estate Planning Tips for You and Your Family
When beginning to think about your estate planning needs, you may decide to execute a will. A will can allow you to achieve a number of goals. However, it likely won’t allow you to handle all of your estate planning affairs unless you have a simple and modest estate. Take a look at the following information, to learn more. If you have any questions about the use of a will, contact an experienced and qualified estate planning attorney. You can’t control all asset distribution. It’s … [Read more...] about Why a Will Isn’t the Only Document You Need (part 2 of 2)
Each of these 13 disturbing estate planning facts is true; but, each situation can be avoided with a strong, individualized, comprehensive, and up-to-date estate plan. If you don’t name a guardian in your will, your minor children could end up with persons you either don't like or don't know. If you don’t provide for your pet in your estate plan, your pet may be euthanized when you die. If you put assets in joint tenancy with a second spouse, your children may be disinherited. If … [Read more...] about 13 Disturbing Estate Planning Problems
Do you treat your pet like family? You may be wondering if there is a way for you to care for your pet, even when you die. The good news is you can incorporate your furry friends into your estate planning. If you want to learn more about estate planning for your pet, read on. 1. Choose a new pet owner. Make sure that you choose someone who is able to care for you pet. Discuss this with him or her ahead of time. Include provisions for new pet ownership in your will or trust. … [Read more...] about Providing For Your Pet After You Die
When you think about the situation that you may be in as a senior citizen, you can quickly realize why you may be able to benefit from dog ownership. As you get older, you lose loved ones along the way, and your family members are grown and busy conducting their own lives. A dog can provide you with a much-needed companion during this stage of your life. In addition to the companionship, a dog is a big responsibility, so you have a sense of purpose in your life once again. Many dogs are good … [Read more...] about Can I Create a Trust for My Dog?