I had the pleasure of attending the Placer SPCA’s Barktoberfest events this weekend in Roseville. We took our dog Coco. I must say that Coco had a dog-gone good time there! I actually could make a long post about how much fun Barktoberfest was but that’s not the point of my post. If you have a dog, a horse, a cat, a fish, a bird, or any other animal that you want to provide for at your death what are your options? What can you do to make sure they are taken care of after you become incapacitated or die? Notice I include incapacity because that’s an issue not to ignore!
We all agree, no matter how smart your dog is, you can not just give them money. The average dog may be better with money than the average 18 year old boy but still you shouldn’t leave them an inheritance. So
I recently met with a client who has a number of horses. Her family is not interested in them so she wants them to go to a trusted friend and fellow horse lover. We are assigning the “ownership” of the horses to her California revocable living trust. This will help to avoid probate after death. We also are setting up a pet trust with a chunk of money to take care of the horses food, shelter and health care. California law specifically allows for this at California probate code 15212. That section is laid out in full below for your information.
Let me know of any questions you have regarding pet trusts or assigning animals to your living trust. -John
California Probate Code Section 15212
(a) Subject to the requirements of this section, a trust
for the care of an animal is a