“Pet trusts aren’t just for the wealthy,” says Frances Carlisle, a trust and estates attorney in New York. For most pet owners, she adds, the goal “is to make sure a plan exists for the care of the animal.”

Do you own a pet? It seems as though more and more people are taking in pets these days. In fact, from 2010 to 2012, the number of pet-owning households increased from 62% to 68%. Consequently, more pet owners are taking their beloved pets into consideration when it comes to their estate plans.

Maybe you have heard the term “pet trust” before. Even if you have, The Wall Street Journal has provided the latest information on planning for your pet and some noteworthy statistics in a recent article titled “More Americans Are Writing Their Pets Into Their Wills.

You see, with human family members, you can take care of them by giving them an inheritance. On the other hand, you cannot give property to your pet because your pet is property. Nevertheless, you can provide financially for your pet with a pet trust.

After all, the needs of a pet can be simple, but someone needs to care for them. A pet trust is a legal vehicle that can be designed to be there for your pet when you are not, providing a caretaker and financial resources according to your instructions.

Reference: The Wall Street Journal (January 12, 2014) “More Americans Are Writing Their Pets Into Their Wills

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Mr. Amoruso concentrates his practice on Elder Law, Comprehensive Estate Planning, Asset Preservation, Estate Administration and Guardianship.