Pet Trust Guide – Pets are more than just companions; they are members of our families. As such, they should be protected and provided for just as you do for your other family members.
When making your plans, we advise naming a guardian and at least one contingent caretaker to help care for your pets. But if this is not possible, we recommend asking Pasadena Humane about their 1903 Society program which can provide assistance with your pets care and rehoming when you include them in your estate plan.
Pasadena Humane is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Established in 1903, Pasadena Humane has offered programs and services for animals and the people who love them in the Greater Los Angeles Area. They provide shelter, care and new beginnings for thousands of our community’s most vulnerable animals every year. Now, they are partnering with The Hayes Law Firm to help pet owners establish trusts for their furry friends!
What are Pet Trusts?
Establishing a pet trust can provide peace of mind when it comes to our loyal friends by ensuring their continued well-being if if something unexpected happens. You can use either a stand-alone will or a
living trust to set up a plan for the future
care of your pet.
To help guide you through this process, our partners at The Hayes Law Firm in South Pasadena have put together this Pet Trust Guide.
Inside you will find information on California laws regarding pet trusts; important documents to include in your estate plan, suggested information to include about your pets, and more.
If you do not currently have a trust, but you intend to create one, it will be easy to incorporate pet trust provisions into your living trust when you begin your estate planning.
Pet owners can make a bequest with the help of Attorney William Hayes. In your will or trust, you can specify a gift to be made to your loved ones or Pasadena Humane, or you can make a bequest with a beneficiary designation form.
By establishing a bequest, you can receive an estate tax charitable deduction, reduce taxes on your family, and leave a lasting legacy to charity. For more information regarding bequests, visit Pasadena Humane’s Planned Gifts webpage.
At Hayes Law Firm, we can successfully plan your estate and avoid an accidental disinheritance. Learn more about Estate Planning, Medi-Cal Qualifications, Trustee Duties, and Probate from our webinars on our website.
Take a look at this pet-planning webinar presented by Pasadena Humane and The Hayes Law Firm!
If you are considering including Pasadena Humane in your estate plans, we would love to talk with you about the ways you can make a planned gift and how it can help the animals here.
To arrange a meeting or phone call, please contact Pasadena Humane at:
626.792.7151 ext. 167
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