Estate Planning for Pets

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We love our pets just like part of the family. We take them to the vet, we play with them, we feed them and just love on them constantly. Why is it then that we don\'t plan for them as if they were part of the family? It is important to have someone in place who will step in and immediately care for your pet when you can\'t. These situations include your incapacity, your death or even if you can\'t make it back from a business trip within the time you alloted. It is about having control and making the best possible transition for your pet.

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Estate Planning for Pets

  1. 1. What will happen to me... when something happens to you? Sabrina Winters, Attorney at Law, PLLC Pet Protection Agreement Seminar (704) 843-1446
  2. 2. What I do...  Legacy and Wealth Planning  Planning for Children  Priceless Conversations  Probate and Administration  Planning for Pets Sabrina Winters, Attorney at Law, PLLC
  3. 3. What is Pet Planning? It is making certain TODAY that TOMORROW your pet is taken care of when you cannot Sabrina Winters, Attorney at Law, PLLC
  4. 4. It’s about CONTROL! It’s about PLANNING! It’s about your love for your PET! It’s about making a smooth transition for your pet! Sabrina Winters, Attorney at Law, PLLC
  5. 5. What is a Pet Protection Agreement™ 1. It is a document that provides for the care of your pet WHEN you cannot 2. It was created by an attorney and pet lover in New York who is the founder of www.petriarch.com 3. It can be used regardless of what type of pet you have or how many 4. It is a legally binding agreement Sabrina Winters, Attorney at Law, PLLC
  6. 6. Do you travel without your pet? Sabrina Winters, Attorney at Law, PLLC
  7. 7. This includes: Going on vacation, but also... Going to the grocery store  Going to work Chances are... you are doing this all without your pet! Sabrina Winters, Attorney at Law, PLLC
  8. 8. Does your pet ever travel with you? Sabrina Winters, Attorney at Law, PLLC
  9. 9. This includes: Taking your pet to the vet   Taking your pet to the groomer  Taking your pet to the dog park  Taking your pet to the kennel to stay while you go away Sabrina Winters, Attorney at Law, PLLC
  10. 10. Do you... Use a pet sitter? Take your pet to a stay and play? Sabrina Winters, Attorney at Law, PLLC
  11. 11. If yes, then have you provided these people who help you care for your pet, with instructions on what to do in case of an emergency? Sabrina Winters, Attorney at Law, PLLC
  12. 12. Why Plan for your Pet? On September 11, 2001 approximately 800 pets became orphaned. In some cases it took rescuers several weeks to discover pets home alone Sabrina Winters, Attorney at Law, PLLC
  13. 13. 500,000 pets from loving homes were euthanized in the United States in 2008 (9,600 per day) Sabrina Winters, Attorney at Law, PLLC
  14. 14. In 2009 the number is expected to increase to 1,000,000! Sabrina Winters, Attorney at Law, PLLC
  15. 15. Let us compare the several different ways in which to Plan for our Pets... Sabrina Winters, Attorney at Law, PLLC
  16. 16. Last Will and Pet Pet Protection Testament Trust Agreement™ A statement in Stand alone Separate your Will document Document More Ultimate Little Control!!! control control Works only Works before Always after you die and after death Works!!! (if it works at al!) (if it works at all!) $1,500 to $1,000 to $275 to $2,000 $5,000 $300 Sabrina Winters, Attorney at Law, PLLC
  17. 17. Some information included in a Pet Protection Agreement™?  Pet owner’s information  Pet Guardian’s name and contact information  Pet’s name and information  Community of Care  Veterinary Care Sabrina Winters, Attorney at Law, PLLC
  18. 18. What are the final steps? Photocopy the Agreement   Give a copy to everyone named in the Agreement  Register your pet so that we can avoid what happened after Hurricane Katrina  Sleep well at night knowing you have taken care of your pet! Sabrina Winters, Attorney at Law, PLLC
  19. 19. Take control while you have the ability to have control. Take care of your pet forever! Sabrina Winters, Attorney at Law, PLLC
  20. 20. 15720 John J. Delaney Drive, Suite 300 Charlotte, North Carolina 28277 p: (704) 843-1446 f: (704) 973-0773 swinters@sabrinawinterslaw.com www.ncestateplanninginfo.com Sabrina Winters, Attorney at Law, PLLC

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