Pet trust

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A pet trust is a legal arrangement to provide care for a pet after its owner dies.[1] [2] A pet trust falls under trust law and is one option for pet owners. Options include honorary trusts, provisions in a will and traditional legal trusts.

Pet trusts stipulate that in the event of a grantor’s disability or death a trustee will hold property (cash, for example) “in trust” for the benefit of the grantor’s pets. The “grantor” (also called a settlor or trustor in some states) is the person who creates the trust, which may take effect during a person’s lifetime or at death. Payments to a designated caregiver(s) will is made on a regular basis.

Depending upon the state law, trusts usually continue for the life of the pet or 21 years, whichever occurs first. Some states allow a pet trust to continue for the life of the pet, without regard to a maximum duration of 21 years. This is particularly advantageous for companion animals who have longer life expectancies than cats and dogs, such as horses and parrots.


The development of pet trusts is part of the animal rights movement.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Bressant-Kibwe, Kim (2001). "Legal Information: Pet Trust Primer". ASPCA. Archived from the original on 2003-10-08.  (Archived url).
  2. ^ Manning, Sue (June 22, 2011). "Pet estate planning: Not just for Leona Helmsley anymore". Associated Press on Retrieved 8 August 2011. 

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