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Pet Planning

What Will Happen to Your Pet if You're Gone?

The family pet is often overlooked in estate planning. Your dog, cat, bird or other pet has been a member of your family probably for many years. You have created fond memories and a bond with the animal. What would happen to your pet if something happened to you?

Fortunately, there are pet trusts in Colorado. This way you can make sure your beloved pet will have a home if you die or become disabled.

Call us to discuss the plans for your pet and how a trust can help at (303) 800-1588.

Experienced Pet Trust Representation

Bennett and Diedre Wachbrit Braverman are a local husband and wife team of attorneys who assist people in the Boulder Valley with their legal needs in estate planning. They also have a dog. They understand how an animal becomes part of the family and should not be overlooked when making important future plans.

What is Included in a Pet Trust?

Pet trusts are a unique type of estate planning tool and must be worded carefully. The law thinks of pets as personal property. This make it all the more important to establish a pet trust so that your animal will be treated differently than the property of your estate.

Our attorneys can help you with documenting your wishes and the proper wording to make the plans enforceable. A pet trust should have several items, including:

  • Caretaker — Assign a caretaker to take responsibility for your pet.
  • Trustee — Name a trustee who can make sure the money you set aside for your pet will be used for the care of your pet.
  • Legal documents — A trust is an enforceable legal document establishing your specific plans and wishes.
Make Plans to Plan for Your Pet's Future

Speak with the pet trust lawyers of Braverman Law Group, LLC, at (303) 800-1588 to discuss plans for your pet. We have a pet-friendly office, so you can feel free to bring your pet to your appointment. In fact, we bring our dog Toby to work with us. Don't wait to make plans until it's too late to have a say in what happens to this important part of your family. Call today or email our firm to make your appointment. Don't wait until you need a plan to make a plan.

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When my husband died, I felt I needed to honor him for his children and friends. Working through the plans was healthy because I've been a planner professionally. My daughter is not a planner and I know she would not find those endless tasks therapeutic like I did. So I've created a very specific estate plan with Diedre Braverman's counsel, detailed guidance, and support. Now I feel relief knowing that my death will not derail my daughter's life. Barbara Joan Martin
I really appreciate your calming nature. You are incredibly helpful and kind. After speaking with me it was the first time in a long while where I was able to sleep through the night because of your reassurance. Trudy Moore
I trust Bennett and feel his depth of knowledge. The time and energy Bennett spent briefing the beneficiaries of our plan – helping them to know what to expect and what their duties and responsibilities would be – was invaluable. I trust Bennett and feel his depth of knowledge will allow him to serve a wide range of client needs. The ramifications of each decision were fully explained and his adaptation to our family’s needs was exceptional. Anonymous
Diedre took the time to go beyond our initial assumptions and explained how we can benefit from strategies no one had explained to us before. Kathy
Bennett Braverman is a thorough, knowledgeable expert in his field. He did an excellent job in walking us through the Living Trust process, coaching us through decisions, and making sure we completely understood the what we had to do and the associated benefits and risks. We will continue to recommend him to our friends and look forward to partnering with Bennett in the future. Lisa
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