Pet Trusts

At Giampolo Law Group, we believe that proper planning for those we love leads to security and peace of mind. We will assist you in creating a Pet Trust that guarantees your pet will continue living a safe and comfortable life, should anything happen to you.

Pet Trusts

A Pet Trust is identical to a trust that you would set up for a human being; it is a safe and legal way to protect the most vulnerable member of your family.

As the “grantor”, you fund the trust to care for your pet for his or her expected lifetime. You select a “caregiver” who will provide the day-to-day nurturing of your pet in your absence. And, if you wish, you can choose a “trustee” whose responsibilities are to manage the funds of the Pet Trust and make payments on a regular basis to your pet’s caregiver.

Creating a Pet Trust allows the opportunity to leave detailed instructions about everything relating to your pet’s care, including, but not limited to: your pet’s general needs, exercise and diet needs, preferred veterinarian and health care. You will also determine who receives the remaining funds in the trust at your pet’s death.

Pet Custody

Although courts generally treat pets as property, most pet owners would agree that their relationship with the animal in their lives is more akin to guardianship of a child than it is to ownership of a coffee table.  We will represent you for truly doing what is in the best interest of the special pet in your life and strive to maintain your custody of the pet.

Common Types of Pet Custody Battles:

  • Private Individuals

Figuring out pet custody during an already complicated split can be difficult.  Evidence of who walks, feeds, and stays up-to-date on veterinary care can often be the deciding factor.  However, we will work towards visitation rights and sort out how to split financial responsibilities for the beloved pet.

  • Third-Party

This is often the result of an abuse or neglect allegation from a party outside of the situation.  We are experienced in finding and addressing the evidence and making sure the beloved animal stays out of the wrong hands.

  • Local Law Enforcement

If an animal has shown aggression, it can often be confiscated and euthanized by local law enforcement.  Local laws and ordinances vary place to place and will be responsible for these situations.  We can help you understand the course of action in your area and help you to bring your pet home.