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Posted by Griboff Law, LLC on 04/27/2023

Estate Plan for Your Dogs or Cats? How to Protect Them.


If you or your loved one could no longer care for a pet due to an unexpected accident or illness, who would?

Join us for a live & interactive discussion that will explore the conversations and legal options to ensure your pet is cared for and has a good life in case of your incapacity or death.

Amy Griboff, J.D., LL.M in Elder Law

Griboff Law, LLC

Powerpoint  Estate Planning for our pets April 2023 with inserts.pdf

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Questions Asked

  • Who was that Hotel Person who left so much of their estate to their pet? We think it was a dog. Do any of you remember that story? This was some time ago
  • So are you saying we all need to make sure our power of attorney document has a pet provision to provide for our pet? If by chance, our estate power of attorney does not have this pet care section, can the power of attorney be amended to add wishes and instructions for care for our pet? Thank you so much.
  • This is so interesting. So are you saying this pet trust paid for a caregiver for the pet, to live in their home for the remainder of the pet's life?
  • This is so interesting and so complicated yet as the song says "Everything is Beautiful In its own way"
  • Oh so rescue organizations did not receive pets during COVID? We did not know this or think about this possibility happening. So enlightening.
  • I have two rescued retired Greyhounds.   I signed a contract that the organization must be notified if I am no longer able to care for them.
  • Given the experience with the client who died of covid, should there then be a “pandemic clause” or similar in the Trust?
  • What about highly specialized therapy dogs. For example there are dogs trained to know when one may be about to have an epileptic seizure and tell the person to sit down or lie down and sometimes the seizure may not happen. Also some of these dogs know when a diabetic patient has low insulin levels and they may fall into a diabetic coma. Do you think there may be special organizations who might take these pets?
  • Steve that is a beautiful dog! What kind of pet and how old or young?

Chat Transcript

12:09:29     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Community : I am excited to see Barbara Osgood in the audience today, she wrote a wonderful book 84 Paws: A Life with Old Labs https://www.amazon.com/84-Paws-Life-Old-Labs/dp/1095298909

12:10:48     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Community : Who Will Care For My Pets When I Die? https://epiloguewills.com/learn/pet-guardianship/who-will-care-for-my-pets-when-i-die

12:10:54     From  Barbara Osgood   to   Hosts and panelists : Thank you, Steve!

12:11:10     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Community : Places That Will Take Care Of Your Pet If Something Happens To You https://www.everplans.com/articles/places-that-will-take-care-of-your-pet-if-something-happens-to-you

12:16:01     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Community : Leona Helmsley's Little Rich Dog Trouble Dies in Luxury https://abcnews.go.com/US/leona-helmsleys-dog-trouble-richest-world-dies-12/story?id=13810168

12:16:22     From  Kathleen Steed   to   Hosts and panelists : What happened to the pets that were alone for two weeks?

12:26:08     From  Barbara Osgood   to   Hosts and panelists : If you adopted your cat or dog from a rescue, check your adoption contract. Many rescue contracts have a clause that your pet must be returned to them if you are no longer able to care for it.

12:26:53     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Community : Here is the question: Anonymous Attendee 12:26 PM 

So are you saying we all need to make sure our power of attorney document has a pet provision to provide for our pet? If by chance, our estate power of attorney does not have this pet care section, can the power of attorney be amended to add wishes and instructions for care for our pet? Thank you so much.

12:29:41     From  Kathleen Steed   to   Hosts and panelists : I am sorry, but I need to leave for an appointment.  Thank you for the reminder about pets.

12:43:07     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Community : Amy L. Griboff, Esquire

Griboff Law, LLC

751 Rockville Pike, Suite 7

Rockville, Maryland 20852

(301) 339-8725

Amy@GriboffEstatePlanning.com

www.griboffestateplanning.com

https://www.facebook.com/griboffelderlaw

12:43:25     From  Rita O'Connor : These high-end situations don't really relate to the majority of us.

12:43:45     From  Marianne Dougherty : I had a canine fur child and vet care in the last year of her life was over $10.000

12:45:58     From  Tracy Skalitzky : Is there anyway to ensure that the money left is used for the care. Meaning does the person/caretaker have to show receipts. Afraid someone will just take the money and the pet goes to the shelter.

12:47:49     From  Tracy Skalitzky : My roommate just passed away and she had a dog plus two cats, so I am keeping them as we are the only home they know. Not every family member will do this many end up in shelters.

12:48:24     From  Barbara Osgood   to   Hosts and panelists : I am a solo elderly and have devoted untold hours to plan for my pets. I currently have three old Labs. To be blunt. I think about what happens if I die at home with my dogs? What if my neighbors call the police because they haven’t seen me? No time to find and process my will. The dogs will be taken to the shelter. I have made elaborate plans to cover this eventuality. Consulted with the police and shelter staff.

12:49:46     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Community : Anonymous Attendee 12:49 PM 

Oh so rescue organizations did not receive pets during COVID? We did not know this or think about this possibility happening. So enlightening.

12:50:43     From  Barbara Osgood   to   Hosts and panelists : I’m sorry you had that experience. My rescue takes dogs back. I recently adopted a dog that came back to the rescue when her owner went into hospice.

12:53:18     From  Anita Yawson : Anita Yawson: Thank you????

12:54:57     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Community : Anonymous Attendee 01:11 PM 

I have two rescued retired Greyhounds.   I signed a contract that the organization must be notified if I am no longer able to care for them.

12:55:16     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Community : Anonymous Attendee 12:45 PM 

This is so interesting and so complicated yet as the song says "Everything is Beautiful In its own way"

12:55:57     From  Ken Reid : How do ewe get Amy's powerpoint?

12:57:25     From  Barbara Osgood   to   Hosts and panelists : One other suggestion: At my front door I have notebook of information on my dogs: vet contacts, a bio of each dog, medication schedules, diet, etc.

12:57:59     From  Steve Gurney - ProAging Community : From Barbara Osgood to All Panelists 12:57 PM

One other suggestion: At my front door I have notebook of information on my dogs: vet contacts, a bio of each dog, medication schedules, diet, etc.

12:59:34     From  MarthaLeah Chaiken : Gruesome thought: If the police find someone dead in their house with their pets, how will they know who to contact? Would they look for an envelope marked "open in case of emergency"? Would they contact your landlord?

13:04:56     From  Anita Yawson : Beautiful fur kids

13:06:05     From  Sherry Martin   to   Hosts and panelists : This was great info! Loved seeing all the fur babies :-)  Thank you all!


 

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