Submitted by Mark Esposito, Guest Blogger
Pet owners may be getting new rights if Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signs the new pet trust bill into law. Under the statute, a pet owner will be able to designate a guardian for their animals in their will and to provide funds for their upkeep. The trust provision is now mandatory and will alleviate the current practice of permitting the executor to dispose of the pet set-aside funds as he/she sees fit. The measure is also expected to alleviate the financial burden on towns who must care for pets abandoned after the death of their masters.
“It’s become clear this is something that’s important to people,” said Kara Holmquist, director of advocacy for the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The bill also permits the establishment of inter-vivos trusts for pets by their masters during their lifetime according to Donna Turley, Esq., who drafted the legislation. However, lest you think this fodder for a new episode of “Animal Hoarders,” the law also permits the Court to intervene if the amount is deemed excessive, according to Turley.
One wonders if we will now have a new category of glitterati — the “Trust Puppy.”
Source: Yahoo News
~Mark Esposito, Guest Blogger