Can I add my pet to my Estate Plan in Michigan?

One of the main goals of estate planning is to ensure that our loved ones are cared for in the event of our passing. For many people, their pets are a part of the family. As a result, it is important to make plans for your pets as well. Read on to learn more about adding your pets to your estate plan.

What is a trust?

Everyone has different needs. As a result, there are a number of different types of trusts, including:

  • Revocable Trust: This type of trust is one of the most frequently chosen by trustors because it can be modified, changed, or terminated at any time without the need for the beneficiary’s consent.
  • Irrevocable Trust: This type of trust requires a trustor to give up their rights and any access to the trust at the time that it is produced. This implies they cannot change or terminate it at any point.
  • Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust: This type of trust authorizes a trustor to remove their life insurance from the estate plan so that their beneficiaries are free from any taxes that are put on it.
  • Charitable Trust: There are two different types of charitable trusts. A charitable trust allows the individual’s choice of charity to gain interest from the financial gift for a specific period of time. When the period terminates, the remaining assets may go to other beneficiaries. A charitable remainder trust allows charities to receive the assets in a trust at the end of its term. Until then, the donor sustains interest in the gift.
  • Special Needs Trust: This refers to when a loved one with a disability is chosen by a trustor to make sure they receive the financial support they need throughout their life.

What is the purpose of a pet trust?

A put trust allows you to make plans for your pet’s future. You can appoint someone to care for your pet. You can also set aside money for vet visits, food, toys, and more. Additionally, you can express your wishes for your pet’s passing.

If you are interested in creating a pet trust, reach out to our firm today to speak with an experienced estate planning attorney.

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