Pet Trusts

Estate Lawyers Providing Pet Trust Services in Washington, DC

For many Americans, pets are not just lovable animals — they are valued family members. As you consider the possibility of an estate plan, it’s important to make arrangements for the continued care of your pets. Without certain protections in place, your pets could be left without a clear owner, and without the resources needed to care for them.

If you are interested in executing a comprehensive estate plan that includes a pet trust to protect the future of your beloved pets, Policastri Law Firm can help. We work closely with clients to develop detailed pet trusts for owners located in Maryland, Virginia and the Washington, DC metro area.

Pets are “People,” too. What would happen if you could no longer care for your companion?

Pets are valued family members. As you consider the possibility of an estate plan, it’s important to make arrangements for the continued care of your pets. Without certain protections in place, your pets could be left without a clear owner, and without the resources needed to care for them.

Don’t let your PET end up like those two lovable seniors.

They are senior Bichons who lost the only home they’ve ever known when their dad passed away suddenly in the fall of 2017.

The surviving family members were unable to care for these beauties.  Fortunately for them, a rescue foundation stepped in to help them.

But, can you really count on that?

If you were to die suddenly or go into long-term care, who would care for your pets?

Many dogs and cats end up in high-kill shelters because there was no plan in place for their care.

Did you know that you can establish a trust with a trustee to care for your pets in the event that you are disabled or deceased?

Simple planning on your part now could make a vast difference in the lives of your four-legged loved ones.

What is the Point of a Pet Trust?

A pet trust allows the creator of the trust (i.e., the deceased owner) to:

  • Select a designated caregiver (and backup caregivers).
  • Establish a fund that will pay out for the maintenance of the pet.
  • Specify particularities of care (i.e., the brand of food products, recreational activities to be made available to your pet, veterinarian visits and other such concerns, etc.).
  • Instruct the caregiver when your pet is incapacitated, ill or otherwise in a situation requiring a high-level decision.
  • Keep your pet out of the pound!

Contact Policastri Law Firm for Assistance

Curious about our estate planning and pet trust services?

Contact Policastri Law Firm today to speak to our experienced team of Washington, DC estate lawyers. We have decades of experience working with clients in a variety of estate planning matters, from the creation of a basic will to a complex spiderweb of trusts.

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