A Pet Protection Agreement® is a simple agreement that allows you to name a pet guardian to take care of your pets, and gives you the ability to leave funds to care for your pets.
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Created by notable animal law attorney, Rachel Hirschfeld Esq., a Pet Protection Agreement® ensures that every pet has a loving home and a secure future.
A Pet Protection Agreement® ensures continuing care for your pets if you pass away or become unable to take care of them on your own. It's a comprehensive set of instructions for your appointed pet guardian to follow, which ensures that your pets receive the standard of care that they're accustomed to.
Without a Pet Protection Agreement®, a judge will have to decide who is responsible for your pets. This could take months or even years, which could have a devastating impact on your pets.
No, you do not need an attorney to prepare a Pet Protection Agreement®. LegalZoom makes it easy to create a Pet Protection Agreement® from your home or office. However, if you are unsure about your needs and require legal advice for your specific circumstances, we recommend that you seek a qualified attorney who specializes in animal law.
Like a Pet Protection Agreement®, a stand-alone pet trust is a legal document used to ensure that your pets are cared for in case you pass away or become unable to take care of your pets. However, stand-alone pet trust has more formalities and should be created by an attorney who specializes in estate planning and has special experience in pet issues.
If a pet owner plans to leave a substantial amount of money for the care of pets or believes that family members may put up a fight, then a formal stand-alone pet trust can be a good option. Statutory pet trusts can be created through a last will, but they often include only basic, limited provisions.
|Documents||Statutory Pet Trust (Created by Last Will)||Pet Trust (Formal Stand-Alone)||PET PROTECTION AGREEMENT|
|Legal in all states||No||Yes||Yes|
|Affordable, can be created without an attorney||Not usually||No||Yes|
|Enforceable during Pet Owner's lifetime||No||Yes||Yes|
|Binding care instructions||No||Yes||Yes|
|Service, Medical providers & Community of care||No||Yes||Yes|
|Keeps pets together||Not always||Yes||Yes|
|Signed by Pet Guardian so as to confirm agreement||No||Yes||Yes|
|Can be created without trust funds||Yes||No||Yes|
|Any funds must be used for pets||Not always||Yes||Yes|
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