New Massachusetts wills and trusts law would benefit pet owners

Posted on January 5th, 2011 No Comments

If signed into law this week, new legislation in Massachusetts will allow pet owners to designate how their pets should be cared for an owner’s death. Many pet owners place very high importance on the care and well-being of their animals, and want to provide stipulations for the pet’s care in their wills. Many other states hold similar laws.

The pending legislation, introduced a year ago, would make the owner’s decision about pet care an enforceable mandate. Currently, if a person in Massachusets leaves money for a pet’s care and the money is used in other ways, no legal action may be taken.

Advocates of the bill say that leaving money and instructions for pet care is important to people who consider their pets like family members, and will relieve towns of financial burdens related to abandoned pets.

If you need assistance creating, modifiying, or managing your wills and trusts, the Houston estate planning attorneys of Garg & Associates, P.C. can help. To learn more, contact our offices at 281-362-2865 today.

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