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Pawsitively Secure – Safeguarding the Well-being of your Pet.

| Feb 28, 2024 | Estate Planning

For many, pets are more than just animals; they are cherished family members.  Many pet owners want to ensure that their pet receives the same love, care, and attention after the owner passes away, as the pet has become accustomed.  One way to secure the well-being of your pets is through establishing a pet trust.

A pet trust is a legal arrangement that allows pet owners to provide for the care and maintenance of their animals after they pass away or become unable to care for them. Unlike a simple provision in a will, a pet trust offers a more comprehensive and legally binding solution to address the ongoing needs of your pets.

To address the holistic needs of your pet, you should consider the designation of a caregiver, financial provisions, and a list of detailed instructions.  The designated caregiver is the person who will be responsible for the day-to-day care of the pet.  This person should be someone you trust and who has a genuine affection for your pet.  As with all trusts, a pet trust must be funded.  Funding the pet trust allows you to allocate funds specifically for your pet’s needs, including veterinary care, food, grooming, and other necessary expenses.  This ensures the caregiver has the financial means to care for your pet. Finally, you can leave a list of specific instructions regarding your pet’s routine, dietary preferences, medical history, and any other unique needs. This helps the caregiver maintain a consistent and familiar environment for your pet.

A pet trust in Michigan is a proactive and compassionate way to safeguard the well-being of your beloved pets. By taking the necessary legal steps, you can ensure that your furry companions continue to receive the care and attention they deserve, even when you’re no longer able to provide it yourself. Consult with Parakletos Law to create a personalized pet trust that reflects your wishes and secures a loving future for your animal companions.


Jesse Bergwerff