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Critters in the Estate Plan

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dc.contributor.author Beyer, Gerry W.
dc.date.accessioned 2011-03-29T14:14:55Z
dc.date.available 2011-03-29T14:14:55Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.citation 43 NYSBA Tr. & Est. L. Sec. Newsl. 25
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10601/1288
dc.description.abstract Shadow, Dolly, Spot, Lady, Ming, Trouble, Roxy, and Madam Shan are just a few of the pets that have received favored treatment in their owners’ wills. Because of the foresight of their humans, these beloved companions lived out their lives in comfortable surroundings rather than meeting the Grim Reaper in the local animal shelter’s death chamber. Virtually all clients want to provide for their pets but few actually do. Why is this? For the most part, either they do not plan their estates as is the case with most Americans or their estate planning attorneys neglect to explain how they can make arrangements for their four-legged, feathered, or scaly friends. Lawyers should, and may be ethically obligated to, inquire about their client’s pets so that they can make certain their clients’ pets are properly cared for when the client is unable to do so due to injury, illness, or death. This article provides information designed to assist estate planners to carry out the wishes of their pet owning clients.
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher New York State Bar Association
dc.relation.uri http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1666370
dc.subject Animal trust en_US
dc.subject Pet trust en_US
dc.subject Pet estate planning en_US
dc.title Critters in the Estate Plan en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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