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A trust can ensure the well-being of Texas pets

Many households in Texas have pets. In many cases, pet owners consider their pets to be actual members of the family. As such, they deserve equal consideration during the estate planning process. The attorneys at Hayes & Wilson, PLLC, can help pet owners create a pet trust that will help ensure that a pet is cared for even when owners are unable to provide care due to death or incapacitation.

If additional planning is not undertaken, pets are considered property that is part of an estate. As such, their fates will be determined by state law, perhaps even resulting in the separation of pets who have spent their lives together. Unfortunately, without proper planning the future of beloved pets could be uncertain.

Fortunately, there are legal tools available that will allow pet owners to provide instructions for the care of pets, as well as provide financially to support that care. Our firm can help pet owners create a pet trust. Such a trust will name a caregiver for animals and set aside money to provide care. The trust will typically last for the entirety of the pet's life.

Many people in Texas have certain goals they would like to meet through the estate planning process. While one of these goals may be to ensure that the needs of their animals are protected, they may be unsure how to legally ensure that such goals are met. Fortunately, our attorneys have experience with a variety of different aspects of estate planning and can help you understand the tools available to meet a person's needs, which could include the creation of a pet trust.

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