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Estate planning for pet protection

Pets are a beloved member of 68 percent of American households and rising because many couples without children have pets and the use of comfort and emotional support animals is growing. Leaving pets out of estate planning, however, could lead to the unintended euthanizing of the pet or its placement into a shelter. Pet trusts are an effective measure to help assure the pet's future well-being.

Trustees risk mistrust

A trustee has the important duty of managing property for another person's benefit. Because this is an important position of trust and an obvious target in family disputes over trusts and estates, a trustee may face the risk of accusations of mismanagement or theft.

Estate planning for pets

Pet care is a lifetime responsibility that does not end with the death of their owners. The Humane Society, however, claims that 100,000 are left homeless each year after their owners died. Planning and the creation of well-drafted trusts helps assure that a trusted family member or friend will care for pets and can prevent the situations where pets were sent to shelters or even euthanized.

Never too early for an estate plan

Anyone with substantial property must consider how their assets such as home, brokerage account, retirement plan or savings account will be distributed after their death. Heirs who squander their inheritance or court battles are more likely without solid estate planning.

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