If you care about your pet, you need a Pet Trust. When combined with a Durable Limited Power of Attorney for Pet Care, you’ve got all the bases covered.
“But I provided for them in my will!”
Look, I hear that all the time. The fact is, that’s not sufficient.
First, a will has no power until it’s probated. That can take MONTHS.
Second, if you’re not dead, the will means nothing. Under current law, your best friend is just property, like your lawn mower or your jewelry. Nobody has standing to go into court and say, “That’s not what she would want for her dogs!” In legal terms, nobody else has “standing” in court to file a lawsuit on behalf of your dog.
Nobody — except the trustee of a Pet Trust. That’s probably THE most important part of having a Pet Trust — it gives the Trustee standing in the eyes of the court.