Estate Planning for Non-Human Animals

Supporting Materials

These materials focus on estate planning for domestic or pet animals, that are considered property or things under the law while human clients view non-human animals as sentient beings, persons, or even family members. Estates that have interests in other non-human living creatures, such as farmed animals or laboratory animals, may also need special consideration in estate planning. The variety of laws concerning animals has been ever expanding, indicating developing thinking and recognizing the significance of these fellow creatures is starting to blur from property, to non-property, to unique persons.

The attached materials include:

  1. Presentation paper, including substantial Exhibits.
  2. Slides from a PowerPoint presentation on the subject matter.
  3. Sample boilerplate provisions for pet care.
  4. Sample comprehensive Pet/Animal Trust.
  5. Sample drafting checklist for Pet/Animal trust.
  6. Animal Trusts of the U.S.