Overview

Overview

Animals have come to play an increasingly significant role in the modern American family. It's proven that people live more fulfilling lives when they live with pets, and two-thirds of all Americans consider their pets to be family members.

As veterinary medicine advances and pets lead longer lives, people have begun to ask: Who will look after my pets if I die or become unable to care for them? Legally, pets are considered property. But to their owners, a pet often means much more than a couch or mattress.

Popular media tends to focus on multi-millionaires who leave diamond collars and a trust account for their furry friends. But planning for your pet isn't just for the rich and famous. It's for anyone who wishes to provide continuing care for their pets and to ensure that their pet is not left unattended and unloved.

A Pet Protection Agreement(R) does just that. It's a simple agreement that is much less complex (and less expensive) than a formal Pet Trust. It allows you to name a pet guardian to take care of your pets, provides for contingencies, and gives you the ability to leave funds to care for your pets. Most importantly, it could save your pet's life in a time of confusion.

Developed in conjunction with attorney Rachel Hirschfeld, one of the nation's foremost legal experts on pet issues, and inspired by her rescue dog, Soupbone, the LegalZoom Pet Protection Agreement(R) establishes continuing care for your pets when you are unable to care for them.

 
  • Overview
    Animals have come to play an increasingly significant role in the modern American family. It's proven that people live more fulfilling lives when they live with pets, and two-thirds of all Americans consider their pets to be family members. As veterinary medicine advances and pets lead longer lives...
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  • What happens to my pets when I pass away?
    In the eyes of the law, pets are treated the same way as property. Therefore, the judge or the executor of your estate must often make the critical decisions as to who will take care of your pets. But probate can take months, even years. And even the most well-meaning family members may not be able...
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  • What is a Pet Protection Agreement?
    A Pet Protection Agreement(R) is a document that lets you decide who will take care of your pets and how they will be cared for. Most importantly, a Pet Protection Agreement(R) allows you to name a Pet Guardian, which is the person who will be responsible for taking care of your pet(s) in case...
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  • The Pet Guardian
    The Pet Guardian is the person that you designate to "adopt" or take care of your pets in case you have died or are no longer able to take care of your pets. The Pet Guardian can be responsible for one or all of your pets. But it's possible that you may have different people in mind for different...
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  • Funding
    Providing funds to take care of your pets is optional. However, providing funds can make sure that your pets will be cared for in a manner that they are accustomed. Funds can be a fixed amount or a percentage of an insurance policy, bank account or other asset. In the Pet Protection Agreement(R),...
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  • Formal Pet Trusts
    A formal stand-alone pet trust ensures care for your pets, but it's a complicated arrangement that 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 and...
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