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Why create a Pet Protection Agreement®?

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Name your pet's guardian.

Without one, a judge might decide who'll be responsible for your pets.

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Leave money for your pet's well-being.

Make sure your new caretaker can cover food, a vet and other expenses.

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Protects current and future pets.

Provide instructions for your current pets and any pets you may get later.

Your pet's best friend

Image of Rachel Hirschfeld Esq. Holding Her DogPet Protection Agreements were created by notable animal law attorney, Rachel Hirschfeld Esq., to make sure your pet has a loving home and secure future.

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Should I set up a pet trust instead?

If you plan to leave a substantial amount of money for the care of pets or you think family members may dispute your wishes, then a formal pet trust can be a good option. However, a pet trust should be created by an attorney who specializes in estate planning and has experience in pet issues. A Pet Protection Agreement is a simpler, more affordable alternative.

Several things to consider

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Basic

$39

Nominate pet guardians

Name guardians and also a shelter of last resort.

Ability to leave funds

Provide money for the care of your pets.

Covers all your current and future pets

No need to update the document when you take on new pets.

Printed on archival paper

Acid-free paper designed to last.

FREE revisions for 30 days

We'll review, reprint and mail your agreement up to 30 days after purchase.

Peace of Mind Review

We make sure your work is complete and consistent.

Comprehensive

$49

Everything from Basic plus:

Rush processing

Expedited review and printing in 2 business days.

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Common questions

Why should I make a Pet Protection Agreement?
Without one, a judge may decide who's responsible for your pets. This could take months or years. The agreement helps ensure the continued care of your pets by someone you trust.
Who should I name as the pet guardian?
A good choice is a friend or relative who'll follow your directives and give your pet a good home. Be sure to discuss it with this person first so it's not a surprise.
How much money should I leave for my pet's care?
Leaving money is optional, but consider: how many pets are you covering? What type of pets are they? Will the pet guardian be compensated monthly or yearly?
What legal documents come with the Pet Protection Agreement?
We include a limited power of attorney so your pet guardian can access medical records and act on your behalf.
What makes a Pet Protection Agreement legal?
The document is a contract between the pet owner and the pet guardian. It's legally valid when both parties have signed it.

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Create a Pet Protection Agreement with LegalZoom

The LegalZoom Pet Protection Agreement is an affordable way to ensure your pets are cared for when you pass away or become unable to take care of them on your own. This simple agreement allows you to name a pet guardian and leave money to pay for the care of your pets. With the Pet Protection Agreement, you can provide a comprehensive set of instructions for your appointed pet guardian to follow ensuring your pet receives the standard of care they are accustomed to. If you have more than one pet, the agreement allows you to provide instructions for each pet's wants and needs. Without a Pet Protection Agreement, a judge could decide who is responsible for your pets. This process could take months which could have a devastating impact on your pet. A Pet Protection Agreement is more affordable than a pet trust. To get started with a Pet Protection Agreement, fill out a simple questionnaire. We will review your answers for consistency and completeness, print your agreement and mail it to you. 

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