8 Steps to Create a California Pet Trust

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cat and dog e1347571391364 8 Steps to Create a California Pet Trust The American Humane Society reports that 90 percent of pet owners in America consider their pets to be members of the family.  This trend may be contributing to the rising popularity of pet trusts in America, including California.

To establish a California pet trust, you should:

1.  Determine who will act as the trustee and gain their permission to name them in your trust documents.  You will need to provide their name and address.

2.  Determine a successor trustee in case your primary trustee is unable to fulfill his or her role according to your pet trust.

3.  If different from the trustee, name a primary caregiver and a successor caregiver for your pets.

4.  Furnish photos and microchip ID numbers for each pet included in the trust to prevent fraud.

5.  Outline the care of each pet in detail, including a requirement for veterinary visits, nutritional needs, healthcare needs, etc.

6.  Determine how much cash or assets are needed to properly care for your pet(s).  Be realistic, as your heirs could challenge an excessive amount left for the care of pets.  Include the costs of administering the trust as well.

7.  Select a beneficiary to receive any funds that are left over after the last pet provided for in the trust has died.

8.  Provide instructions for the burial or cremation of your pet(s).

If you have a beloved pet that you want to provide for in a pet trust, contact our Orange County law firm.

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