Using Pet Trusts to Care for Your Furry Family Members

• Do you consider your dog a member of your family?

• Have you ever wondered who will care for your cat when you die?

• Do you want to ensure that your pets continue to receive special foods or receive important medications?

If any of these thoughts have danced through your head, then you need to read this blog post.

Our clients have many different kinds of pets – wonderful dogs, sweet kittens, talking birds, and many others. All of these animals are valued members of the family.

It is important to know that we have an exciting new tool to help you plan for the care of your pets after you are gone. Effective July 1, 2010, Georgia adopted a new Trust Code which, for the first time, specifically permits the creation of Pet Trusts.

Pet Trusts are a very desirable planning tool for people who are concerned about the care of their furry family members. A trust provides great flexibility to allow for detailed planning, such as
special food, veterinary care, medications, toys, treats, and more. By setting up a trust for your pets, you can provide the caregiver you choose with the funds to take care of your pet, as well as detailed information about any special medical needs or care issues.

A Pet Trust will end on the death of your pet, or if you create the trust to provide for several pets, it will end on the death of the last pet.

If a Pet Trust isn’t right for you, we can also include a provision in your Will which simply states who you would like to receive your pets, and including a gift of cash, to thank them for taking care of your pets.

All of us here at Baker Law Group are animal lovers, so if you are interested in learning more about Pet Trusts, just give us a call at (770) 992-4325 or email us:

“It often happens that a man is more humanely related to a cat or dog than to any other human being.” – Henry David Thoreau