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How can estate planning protect a pet?

Many people in Washington have a cat, dog, bird or other animal companion. Having a pet can bring much joy to a person's life, as our pets provide us with companionship, comfort and unconditional love. With this in mind, as a person ages, they may have concerns about what will happen if their pet outlives them.

Why setting up a trust may be a good idea

Many Kent area residents have taken the time to analyze their estate plan and create one that makes sense for their unique situation. Every family is different and estate planning needs vary on many factors. For some, a will may not be enough to address all needs and a trust may need to be considered.

Elder law estates

Those who are advanced in age in the Kent area know how important having an estate plan can be. There are specific documents that an older person should have when it comes to estate planning.

Unmarried couples and estate planning

There are many unmarried couples in Washington. Many of these couples have been together for decades and, for whatever reason, have not found it necessary to get married. These couples may have important estate planning topics they may want to explore.

You can plan for pets in an estate plan

Many Kent area residents have pets. Dogs, cats, birds and other animals are valuable members of our families. Those who have pets may want to consider what would happen to them after they pass away. Using an estate plan to include care for pets is a good way to protect them.

Under what circumstances is a trust revocable?

People in Washington who take steps in trust planning might not be entirely certain of the law when it comes to a "revocable" trust or an "irrevocable" trust. For those who are making their estate plans based on the trust and its status as revocable or irrevocable, it is imperative to understand what the law says about these matters. A trust must explicitly state that it is revocable. If it does not, then it cannot be revoked or amended.

What if I need to craft a special needs trust?

For Washington families with a disabled loved one, there are often concerns as to what might happen to that person if no one from the family is left to either care for them or to ensure they are getting the care they need. This is when it might be wise to consider a special needs trust. Because the government and other entities are not obligated to provide anything more than baseline care to a disabled person, the family can put funds in a trust to prepare for the future of a disabled person. Done correctly, this can also allow that person to get other benefits he or she is entitled to.

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