Pet Trust Lawyer - Providing For Your Pets After You Are Gone
Many loving pet owners are fearful about what will happen to their pets if their pets outlive them. At Plitz Estate Planning, in addition to providing estate plans for the owners of our furry friends, pet trust lawyer Jim Plitz can also help you construct an estate plan designed to care for a beloved animal should you become incapacitated or die.
Millions of animals end up in shelters each year after owners become ill or pass away, leading to over two million adoptable cats and dogs being euthanized annually. You and your pet deserve the peace of mind that comes from knowing your animal’s future care is assured. If you are interested in making accommodations for your pet, we invite you to call our office to schedule a free consultation with experienced New Albany pet planning lawyer Jim Plitz.
Indiana Pet Trust FAQs
Pets are dependent on an owner to provide food, healthcare, and a loving environment from day one. Thus, it is critical to engage in pragmatic pet planning as soon as you make an animal a part of your family. By proactively appointing a caregiver, you needn’t worry about your pet losing the chance for a safe home and secure life.
While animals become extended members of our families, the State of Indiana doesn’t view pets in the same capacity. Under Indiana law, your pet is viewed as personal property, which means you cannot legally leave anything in your estate directly to your pet. Instead, you can make a beloved animal the beneficiary of a pet trust.
A pet trust can be created during life or upon death through a will or revocable trust. The trust can then be funded with enough money to cover your pet’s lifelong expenses, including (but not limited to):
- Food costs
- Veterinary Care
- Caretaking Compensation
- Cremation or Burial Expenses
You can select a primary and secondary caregiver to take care of your pet if something happens to you, including a natural disaster, injury or illness, or death. Further, a trustee can also be appointed to ensure funds are properly expended. In addition to a meticulous pet trust, you can provide detailed instructions on how to care for your pet, including information such as a photo, veterinary information, health and shot records, feeding instructions, medication requirements, and other pertinent information.
If a beloved animal passes before all pet trust assets are exhausted, the remainder can be distributed to the beneficiaries of your choosing. For example, you could leave the remaining amount to a child or to a pet-related charity.
Contact Plitz Estate Planning Today To Schedule A Free Consultation With An Experienced Pet Trust Attorney.
Contact our office at (812) 578-5348 today to schedule a free consultation with experienced estate pet planning attorney Jim Plitz. He can explain your options for ensuring your beloved pet is cared for in the event something happens to you or an emergency arises.
It is my privilege to be working with Jim. From the moment we met, I knew that he was the person I wanted to represent me. He instilled a quiet confidence, excellent knowledge – trust and respect. I would always want Jim ‘in my corner’!..
Jim was extremely helpful in creating our trusts and other legal documents. Since I have some training in contracts, Jim was very accommodating and worked with me on changes that I suggested. If I did not understand some aspects of the legal documents, he was very willing to provide a thorough and clear explanation…
Jim is upright, honest, and outstanding at what he does. He works hard and tries to do the right thing by his clients.
James Plitz is the best! He is always there when you need him to help answer any questions about your Estate Planning. The Estate Planning that he does for you is outstanding! I lost my husband 4 years ago, and James was amazing in all the help that he gave me in navigating that process…
Jim is a great resource for our trust. He is easy to contact, very knowledgeable, and patient. His personable manner makes it easy to discuss and resolve complicated issues. His explanations are relatable and down to earth. Thanks Jim!
We would recommend James as a Trust Attorney without hesitation. While he is extremely knowledgeable, he is also down to earth. He takes the time to educate you using every-day layman’s language. He is genuinely interested in you and not just interested in what he needs to know to do the job and receive payment…
John and I first met Jim when we needed to update our Trust. He was knowledgeable, competent, and personable. However, I appreciated him much more after John’s death. He understood the grief! He walked me through the steps to divide and update the trusts…
My wife and I have discussed a few changes in our living trust with James Plitz and we think he has given us some very good advice. It has been a pleasure working with him.
Jim knows his business. I especially like how he gets back to us quickly with understandable explanations to our questions. I have recommended Jim to friends who have been equally pleased…
I began my relationship with My. Plitz when he was in New Mexico and enjoyed the expertise and care he provided. I felt secure with him and had confidence in the consulting work he will continue to do on my behalf as he transitions to his own estate planning firm in Indiana.
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