What is a Pet Protection Agreement?

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 something happens to you.

A Pet Protection Agreement(R) is not only effective if you pass away - it's also effective if you are in an accident or become unable to care for you pets. It's a private agreement between the pet owner and the pet guardian. You can leave money to care for your pets, but it's optional. Like a pet trust, the Pet Protection Agreement(R) does not need to go through probate court, which can take months, if you pass away. No one wants the court to decide a pet's fate.

You can also specify how you would like your animals to be treated. For example, you can state what brand of food your dog likes to eat, the primary veterinarian and even the groomer.

Unfortunately, in many cases today, pets are often overlooked during an emergency. If something should happen to you - such as an accident or illness where you are no longer able to care for your pets - a Pet Protection Agreement(R) can be critical. Who will feed your pet if you are in the hospital, unconscious? With a Pet Protection Agreement(R), the Pet Guardian will immediately know his or her role and start taking proactive action. The agreement also contains provisions which allow the Pet Guardian to obtain access to the pets in the event of an emergency.

 
  • 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...
    read more
  • 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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