“The new Massachusetts Pet Trust Law: Who is going to take care of Max and Fluffy if something happens to you?” by Robert L. Vitale, Esq.

As a pet lover, I’m thrilled to let you know that Massachusetts has joined a majority of other states in allowing people to set up a trust for the care of animal companions. Like many people, I think of pets as family members. You want your family and assets protected, so why wouldn’t you protect your pet with a pet trust?

What is a pet trust? Basically, a pet trust allows you to create a legally binding agreement that provides for the care of your pet if you become incapacitated or pass away. You can designate the person you want to care for your pet, leave money for the benefit of your pet, and set forth specific instructions. If Fluffy has a favorite brand of food, or needs her medicine given a particular way, and if Max will only visit a certain vet or has a favorite route for his walk, then you can spell this out in the trust. The pet trust will ensure that your pet’s daily routine isn’t interrupted.

If you’ve already set up an estate plan with us, contact us to discuss how you can add a pet trust to your current documents. Our office has already drafted several pet trusts for our clients so that their pets will maintain the lifestyle to which they have become accustomed! If you would like to learn more about pet trusts, we’re co-sponsoring an informational event with our neighborhood pet store, Polka Dog Bakery.

Join us on Wednesday, April 13 at 6:30pm for food, fun and gifts for your pet in an informational discussion on how you can take care of your pet with a Pet Trust.  This event will be at our office at 530 Tremont St. in Boston.  Please RSVP to Jim at info@datzlawoffices.com, or 617.357.9333, or simply use the contact form on our website.

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