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What Will New Acts of Congress Mean for Stretch IRA s?
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What Will New Acts of Congress Mean for Stretch IRA s?

The SECURE and RESA acts are currently being considered in Congress. These acts may impact stretch IRA s. A stretch IRA is an estate planning strategy that extends the tax-deferred condition of an inherited IRA, when it is passed to a non-spouse beneficiary. This strategy lets the account continue tax-deferred growth over a long period of time.

If a parent doesn’t need her Required Minimum Distributions, does it make sense to do a gradual Roth IRA conversion and use the RMDs to pay taxes on the conversion? Or should the parent invest the RMDs in a brokerage account?

There are several options in this situation, according to nj.com’s recent article, “With Stretch IRAs on the way out, how can I plan for my children’s inheritance?”

Congress is considering legislation with the SECURE and RESA Acts, that would eliminate the ability of children to create a stretch IRA, one that would let them to stretch distributions from the inherited IRA over their lifetimes.

Under the proposed SECURE and RESA Acts under consideration, the maximum deferral period will be 10 years. If the beneficiary is a minor, the period would be 10 years or age 21.

The best planning strategy for a parent would depend on her overall finances and what she wants for her children’s inheritance.

The conversion to a Roth may be a good planning move, depending on her tax bracket. Putting the money in a brokerage account is also an option.

A parent may also want to think about using the RMD proceeds to purchase a life insurance policy held by an irrevocable trust for the benefit of her children.

It’s best to contact an experienced estate planning attorney, so he or she can review the details of the parent’s finances and help her choose the best options for her situation.

Reference: nj.com (October 15, 2019) “With Stretch IRAs on the way out, how can I plan for my children’s inheritance?”

 

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What Did Chicago PD Actress Marina Squerciati Receive from her Mom’s Boyfriend’s Will?

Millionaire John R. Jakobson’s son, who is the executor of his father’s estate, is attempting to stop Marie Squerciati from speaking out by using the dead man’s statute, which protects the assets of the dead from claims of communication by the living to serve their interests.

Wealth Advisor’s recent article, “Wall Street mogul John R. Jakobson promised mistress that their love child Marina Squerciati would get a ‘big surprise’ in his will–then left Chicago PD star Nothing” reports that documents filed with the Manhattan Surrogate Court state vague terms the man who died aged 86 in April 2017— and who reportedly had many affairs—allegedly used when stating plans for his will.

‘I’m a gentleman and you may read into that only good,” the senior Jakobson purportedly told his mistress in 1981 about their alleged daughter, now 37, who went on to star as Officer Kim Burgess on Chicago PD.

The mogul’s widow, Joan Jakobson, said she didn’t know about Mariana, who kept her family life a secret, until she found out she was left out of the will. Jakobson’s three living children from his marriages were included in the will. However, the family of the man, who at 25 became one of the youngest people to buy a seat on the New York Stock Exchange in 1955, has refused to acknowledge her as one of his children.

Marina is the allegedly product of his affair with her mother Marie Squerciati, who was a television writer in the 1970s and 80s and reporter for the Village Voice, as well as The New York Times. The affair was said to have lasted for a year and led to Marina’s birth in 1981. For her whole life, Marina kept her father’s identity a secret, as he allegedly paid her mother $1,200 a month for more than 20 years. That monthly check was used for Marina’s nanny and for her apartment in New York City. Jakobson also reportedly paid for Marina’s schooling including the $175,000 tuition for Dalton School, then $131,000 for her education at Northwestern University, where she graduated from in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in theater.

Even though Jakobson made oral promises that he’d provide a “substantial” trust for Marina in his will, it looks like he didn’t. When Marina got engaged, her mother allegedly asked Jakobson for a gift to which he allegedly reaffirmed that she “would receive money under his will.”

In her court filings, Marina contends that the price of her silence was “extraordinary” and that she missed out on the opportunity to build a relationship with her alleged father and was denied “any relationship whatsoever with her half-siblings.”

The Squerciatis contacted his estate last fall to ask if Marina was named a beneficiary, according to court papers.

Attorneys for the family say Marina’s claims have “no basis in fact or law” and “amounts to nothing more than an avaricious attempt to enforce an alleged, vague oral promise made to [her] mother, rather than to herself, and which resulted in no legally recognizable injury to her.” They note that even if Marina could prove that Jakobson was her father, she had no written evidence of his promise to leave her money in his will… and that she had “ample opportunity as an adult” to have her father put his word in writing.

Marina was offered a $50,000 settlement by the Jakobson lawyers.

Reference: Wealth Advisor (October 14, 2019) “Wall Street mogul John R. Jakobson promised mistress that their love child Marina Squerciati would get a “big surprise” in his will–then left Chicago PD star Nothin

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Sharing Legal Documents and Passwords

While parents are alive and well is the time to prepare for the future, when they begin to decline. An adult child who is a primary agent and also executor has questions about organizing documents and managing storage in a digital format, as well as how to secure their passwords for online websites. The advice from the article “Safe sharing of passwords and legal documents” from my San Antonio is that these two issues are evolving and the best answers today may be different as time passes.

Safe and shareable password storage is a part of today’s online life. However, passwords used to access bank and investment accounts, file storage platforms, emails, online retailers and thousands of other tools used on a desktop are increasingly required to be strong and complex and are difficult to remember. In some cases, facial recognition is used instead of a password.

Many rely on their internet browsers, like Chrome, Safari, etc., to remember passwords. This leaves accounts vulnerable, as many of these and other browsers have been hacked.

The best password solutions are stand-alone password managers. They offer the option of sharing the passwords with others, so parents would provide their executor with access to their list. However, there are also new laws regarding digital assets, so check with your estate planning attorney. You may need to create directives for your accounts that specify who you want to have access to the accounts and the data that they contain.

Storage of legal documents is a separate concern from password-sharing. Shared legal documents need to be private, reasonably priced and secure.

Some password managers include document storage as part of the account. The documents can be uploaded in an encrypted format that can be accessed by a person, who is assigned by the account owner.

Document vault websites are also available. You will have to be extremely careful about selecting which one to use. Some of the websites resell data, which is not why you are storing documents with them. One company claims to offer a “universal advance digital directive,” which they say can provide digital access worldwide to documents, including an emergency, critical and advance care plan.

The problem? This company is located in a state that does not permit the creation of a legally binding advance directive, unless it is in writing, includes state-specific provisions and is signed in front of either two qualified witnesses or a notary.

Talk with your estate planning attorney about securing estate planning documents and how to protect digital assets. Their knowledge of the laws in your state will provide the family with the proper protection now and in the future.

Reference: my San Antonio (October 14, 2019) “Safe sharing of passwords and legal documents”

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Putting off Getting Hearing Aids? Don’t—Your Brain Will Thank You!
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Putting off Getting Hearing Aids? Don’t—Your Brain Will Thank You!

If it seems like every day brings something new to worry about, take heart—this is something that you can do something about. People with moderate hearing loss were twice as likely to experience cognitive decline as their peers, while those with severe hearing loss faced five times the risk, according to a study from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine that was written up in Next Avenue’s article “A Delay In Getting Hearing Aids Can Mean More than Hearing Trouble.”

Another study, from the University of Colorado at Boulder, found that the brain’s ability to process sound declines, as the person’s ability to hear decreases. The study looked at adults between the ages of 37 to 68 who had their hearing tested and their brains examined. None was being treated for hearing loss, although a few felt that their hearing was not as good as it once was.

The subjects underwent hearing tests, and tests using visual stimuli to see how they were processing information. They also underwent electroencephalograms that showed that not only were their brain’s visual centers firing when seeing the stimuli, but the hearing center was also active in those who had suffered some hearing loss.

In other words, parts of the brain that used to process sounds were now processing visual signals, as the hearing part of the brain was being repurposed to process images.

The brain repurposing different areas for different functions, is known as “cross-modal recruitment,” which is not a new concept. Other areas of the brain can be affected, including the pre-frontal cortex, which is in charge of higher-level thinking and executive functions.

If this part of the brain is needed to help overcome hearing loss, then there’s less capacity for putting new information into long-term memory, for comprehending and responding to sounds and conversation.

The researchers also found that people in the study regained some of their losses, after being fitted with very high-quality hearing aids.

Unfortunately, many adults delay getting their hearing tested and getting hearing aids. The stigma associated with getting hearing aids as a marker of aging, is one reason. The other reason is that hearing loss is a very gradual process and people get used to not being able to hear.

Reference: Next Avenue (October 21, 2019) “A Delay In Getting Hearing Aids Can Mean More than Hearing Trouble”

 

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How Bank Employees Can Protect Seniors from Financial Exploitation

Bank employees can now be the front line of defense for older Americans, who might be the victims of elder financial exploitation. You frequently hear tragic stories about older people getting tricked into withdrawing their life savings and handing their money over to con artists. Sometimes, an observant person at the bank can intercede and prevent these crimes.

New legislation protects the workers from getting sued for trying to help. The new rules provide training on how bank employees can protect seniors from financial exploitation. The workers learn how to recognize and report suspected financial abuse of seniors, while preserving the individual’s privacy. Originally titled as the Senior Safe Act, the law bears the title “Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act.”

Types of Financial Exploitation

Older Americans lose millions of dollars a year to fraudulent scams. Some of the most common schemes include:

  • A senior gets an email that says he inherited money from an overseas relative, and he needs to send money to an account in another country. The rip-off artist will explain they need to make sure the senior’s bank can receive a transfer for the inheritance. In reality, there is no inheritance or long-lost relative. Once the senior wires the money, the thief breaks off contact and keeps the money.
  • Someone calls an older adult, claiming to be with the IRS. The caller threatens the only way the senior can avoid getting arrested is to send money that day.
  • Other telephone scams include telling the older person he needs to wire money to another country, because his grandchild got arrested or got hurt and is in the hospital.
  • A friend, relative, caregiver, or another person close to the older adult convinces, tricks, or bullies him to taking money out of his account, making the fraudster a joint owner of the account, or transferring the asset to the thief.
  • Someone posing as a home repairman tells the aging homeowner he needs work done for the safety of his house. The repairman’s quote of a few hundred dollars escalates into tens of thousands, as the crook claims to find more and more problems, or he repeats work unnecessarily.
  • A shady charity or pseudo-religious organization sweet-talks the senior into handing over his retirement savings.

Whatever the con game, the senior loses hundreds or thousands of dollars. Some elderly people are left with next to nothing to live on for their remaining years.

Many of these crimes involve going to the bank and withdrawing large sums of money or wiring money from the bank to an overseas account. You would think bank employees would see red flags when an 85-year-old lady comes into the branch and wants to withdraw $20,000 or wire it to another country.

Bank employees seldom report their suspicions or take action on them, because they were afraid of violating regulations that protect customer privacy. Over half of financial advisors admitted they do not report it when they see financial exploitation or suspect it is happening. Hopefully, with the new law and the training the rules now require, the number of seniors who suffer financial abuse will decrease.

References:

AARP. “In Sync: Senior Safe Act, BankSafe Fight Financial Exploitation through Training.” (accessed October 31, 2019) https://blog.aarp.org/thinking-policy/senior-safe-act-fight-financial-exploitation-through-training

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What’s Better, A Living Trust or a Will?

Everyone knows what a last will and testament is. However, a will is not always the best way to distribute your assets, explains the Times Herald-Record in the article “Living trusts are better choice than wills.” Most people think that by having a will alone, they will make it clear who they want to receive their assets when they die. However, wills are used by the court in a proceeding called “probate,” if the only estate plan you have is a will. The court proceeding is to establish that the will is valid. Depending upon where you live, probate can take a year before assets are distributed to beneficiaries.

Certain family members must receive notifications, when a will is submitted to probate. Some people will receive notices, even if they are not mentioned in the will. This can lead to all kinds of awkward situations, especially from estranged or unknown relatives. The person who is the executor of the will is required to locate these relatives, and until they are found and notified, the probate process comes to a standstill.

There are instances where a judge will allow a legal notice to be published in a local newspaper, after valid attempts to find relatives aren’t successful. If there is a disabled beneficiary, a minor beneficiary, a relative or beneficiary who can’t be located, or a relative who has been incarcerated, the judge often appoints lawyers to represent these parties’ interests and the estate pays for the attorney’s fees.

Depending on the situation, the executor may be required to furnish a family tree, or a friend of the decedent must sign an affidavit attesting that the person never had any children.

Thinking of disinheriting a child? Anyone who is disinherited in a will, receives a notice about that and is legally permitted to contest the will. That can lead to years of expensive litigation, including discovery demands, depositions, motions and possibly a trial. Like most litigation, will contests usually end in a settlement. The disinherited relative often gets a share of the inheritance, even when the decedent didn’t want them to get anything.

For many families, a living trust is a better alternative. They also serve as disability planning, naming people who will manage the assets of the trust, in case of incapacity. They are private documents, so their information does not become public knowledge, like the details of a will.

A qualified estate planning attorney will help you determine what estate planning tools will work best to achieve your goals, while maintaining your privacy and ensuring that assets pass to heirs in a discrete manner.

Reference: Times Herald-Record (Oct. 26, 2019) “Living trusts are better choice than wills”

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Remaining Even and Fair in Estate Distribution
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Remaining Even and Fair in Estate Distribution

Treating everyone equally in estate planning can get complicated, even with the best of intentions. What if a family wants to leave their home to their daughter, who lives locally, but wants to be sure that their son, who lives far away, receives his fair share of their estate? It takes some planning, says the Davis Enterprise in the article “Keeping things even for the kids.” The most important thing to know is that if the parents want to make their distribution equitable, they can.

If the daughter takes the family home, she’ll need to have an appraisal of the home done by a certified real estate appraiser. Then, she has options. She can either pay her brother his share in cash, or she can obtain a mortgage in order to pay him.

Property taxes are another concern. The taxes vary because the amount of the tax is based on the assessed value of the real property. That is the amount of money that was paid for the property, plus certain improvements. In California, property taxes are paid to the county on one percent of the property’s “assessed value,” also known as the “base year value” along with any additional parcel taxes that have become law. The base year value increases annually by two percent every year. This was created in the 1970s, under California’s Proposition 13.

Here’s the issue: the overall increase in the value of real property has outpaced the assessed value of real property. Longtime residents who purchased a home, years ago still enjoy low taxes, while newer residents pay more. If the property changes ownership, the purchase could reset the “base year value,” and increase the taxes. However, there is an exception when the property is transferred from a parent to a child. If the child takes over ownership of the home, they will have the same adjusted base year value as their parents.

If the house is going from parents to daughter, it seems like it should be a simple matter. However, it is not. Here’s where you need an experienced estate planning attorney. If the estate planning documents say that each child should receive “equal shares” in the home, each child receives a one-half interest in the home. If the daughter takes the house and equalizes the distribution by buying out the son’s share, she can do that. However, the property tax assessor will see that acquisition of her brother’s half interest in the property as a “sibling to sibling” transfer. There is no exclusion for that. The one-half interest in the property will then be reassessed to the fair market value of the home at the time of the transfer—when the siblings inherit the property. The property tax will go up.

There may be a solution, depending upon the laws of your state. One attorney discovered that the addition of certain language to estate planning documents allowed one sibling to buy out the other sibling and maintain the parent-child exclusion from reassessment. The special language gives the child the option to purchase the property from the other. Make sure your estate planning attorney investigates this thoroughly, since the rules in your jurisdiction may be different.

Reference: Davis Enterprise (Oct. 27, 2019) “Keeping things even for the kids”

 

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How Long-Term Care Services and Supports Compare Across the United States

Many Americans have little or no retirement savings. When they retire, the hard, cold reality hits them. They cannot afford to live in the community, where they raised their children. They will have to look for a less expensive place to live. One of the most significant expenses for aging adults is long-term care. If you are looking at different options for where to settle for your golden years, you should explore how long-term care services and supports compare across the United States.

The AARP Public Policy Institute compiles a reference book every year, called “Across the States: Profile of Long-Term Services and Supports.” Over the last 25 years, the book has grown to include thousands of data points and valuable analysis to make sense of the numbers.

The 2018 edition of the AARP reference book contains a wealth of information for people wanting to find a state that offers generous services and support to seniors. You can find information by state about things like:

  • The current age demographics and expected numbers for the future
  • How many people in the state are disabled
  • How much care costs in that state
  • Information on the numbers of family caregivers
  • Services available in the home and community
  • Nursing facilities
  • The long-term services and supports which Medicaid provides in that state
  • Demographic data about income, poverty and living arrangements
  • Private long-term care insurance statistics (95 percent of Americans do not carry this insurance)

We do not have a national system that provides Medicaid-funded long-term services and supports (LTSS). Unlike Medicare, Medicaid programs are different in every state. Medicare does not provide long-term care services, so most people rely on Medicaid to pay for some of all of their LTSS. One state might have all the services you need at little or no cost, and a neighboring state might provide much less assistance. Some people improve their quality of life immensely, by moving to a nearby state.

Differences in State LTSS Programs

The 2018 AARP report is 84 pages long, so we cannot cover all the details in this article. Here are a few of the highlights:

  • Some states (including New Mexico) spend 73 percent of their total LTSS funds on home and community-based services (HCBS) for the elderly and disabled, compared to only 13 percent in some other states (Kentucky and New Hampshire). Adequate care services in the home and community can make it possible for a person to continue living at home, rather than having to move into a nursing home.
  • Some states are spending less on LTSS and HCBS now than they did in 2011.
  • Southern states have higher rates of poverty among older adults than other regions of the country. Fewer than 30 percent of the people age 65 and over in Alaska, Hawaii, New Hampshire, and Maryland live below 250 percent of the national poverty level. This compares to 42 percent of older adults living in Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, New Mexico, Kentucky, Alabama, Arkansas, and West Virginia. Since part of the Medicaid funds come from state sources, a poorer state will have more people in need but fewer dollars to fund the services they need.
  • The demographics about people in need encompass more than just poverty. Cognitive difficulties and self-care needs are factors as well as income. These needs vary significantly from one state to the next. Only five percent of older people in Colorado have self-care needs, compared to 11 percent in Mississippi. Only six percent of older people in South Dakota have cognitive challenges, compared to 12 percent in Mississippi.
  • Medicaid spent a total of $75 billion on home and community-based care services for older adults in 2013, compared to family caregivers, who provided services worth $470 billion in that year.
  • Oregon has 121 units in assisted living and residential care communities per 1,000 people age 75 or older. Louisiana only has 20 units per 1,000 people in this age group.
  • Only seven percent of people living in long-term care facilities in Hawaii receive antipsychotic medication, compared to 20 percent in Oklahoma.

You should consider many factors when evaluating where to live when you retire. Get information from multiple sources. Get advice from friends, relatives and social services agencies.

Every state makes its own regulations. Be sure to talk with an elder law attorney near you to find out how your state might differ from the general law of this article.

References:

AARP. “Across the States: Profiles of Long-Term Services and Supports.” (accessed October 31, 2019) https://blog.aarp.org/thinking-policy/across-the-states-profiles-of-long-term-services-and-supports

AARP. “Across the States 2018: Profiles of Long-Term Services and Supports.” (accessed October 31, 2019) https://www.aarp.org/ppi/info-2018/state-long-term-services-supports.html?CMP=RDRCT-PPI-CAREGIVING-082018

 

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Are There Taxes if I Gift to my Grandchild ?

It’s not unusual for a senior to consider gifting her home to a married daughter or to a grandchild. But are there taxes if I gift to my Grandchild ? There are certainly tax consequences to consider.

nj.com’s recent article on this subject asks “What should I know about taxes before I gift my home?” The article explains that you can gift your home or any other asset to anyone, provided that person is capable of receiving the gift and takes delivery or ownership of it. However, if the grandchild is a minor, the gift would have to be made either in trust with a trustee or through a Uniform Transfers to Minors Act (UTMA) account that has a custodian, until he or she attains the age of majority.

The federal government has a gift tax, but not everyone will be subject to the tax. That’s because each year, you can give anyone up to a $15,000 gift tax-free. If you’re married, you and your spouse could each make those gifts, totaling $60,000 per year without any gift tax.

Gifts to an individual more than $15,000 per year that aren’t under an exclusion or exemption are subject to federal gift tax. As a result, you must file a federal gift tax return on IRS Form 709. However, it’s not likely that you’ll actually have to pay any gift tax, even though you have to file a return. The reason is because under the federal unified estate and gift tax system, each person has a lifetime exclusion from gift and estate taxes of $11.4 million, over and above the annual $15,000 per person gift tax exclusion. That number is doubled for married couples ($22.8 million). So, you can transfer up to $11.4 million, whether as a gift during your lifetime or as a bequest after your death, before any gift or estate taxes are due.

In addition, you can make unlimited gifts to qualified charities without any gift tax consequences. The same is true for gifts to spouses, as long as both spouses are U.S. citizens. Payments of tuition or medical expenses for someone else are also gift tax-free, if they’re made directly to the school or the medical care provider.

As far as whether and how to gift your home, there are income tax considerations to consider. If you sell your home and have a capital gain, you may qualify to exclude up to $250,000 of that gain from your income because the exclusion is up to $500,000, if you’re married and file a joint return with your spouse. To qualify for the capital gains exclusion on the sale of your home, you are required to have owned the home and also used it as your principal residence for at least two of the previous five years.

For example, say that you own a home worth $500,000, and you’ve owned it and used it as your residence for at least two of the past five years. Say that your basis in the home—the amount you paid for it, plus the cost of any capital improvements—is $250,000. As long as you qualify under IRS rules, you could exclude the entire $250,000 gain ($500,000 sale price minus $250,000 basis), when you sell the residence.

If you gift the house to a daughter or anyone else, in most instances, your $250,000 basis would carry over to the recipient. Your daughter and her spouse would then have a $250,000 basis in the house and a potential capital gains exclusion of up to $500,000, as long as they file a joint return, if they then sell it.

If you want to stay in your home, one option is to leave it to your daughter or grandchild in your will, rather than gifting it now. The house would then be stepped up to its fair market value at the date of your death, and your daughter’s basis in the inherited house would then be $500,000 or more—its fair market value when she inherits it—instead of $250,000. This increased basis in the home would decrease the amount of any future capital gains, if the daughter subsequently sold the home.

Another option would be to sell the house now to a third party, leverage the capital gains tax exclusion and then gift the money to the daughter, instead of the home.

The best financial outcome would depend on the parent with the home and her daughter’s individual financial circumstances, future plans and relative income tax brackets. There are additional factors to consider, such as the age of the house, its location and condition, whether your daughter would use it as her primary residence or as a rental and whether you anticipate that the house will increase in value over time.

One final note: if you gift the house to a grandchild, the generation-skipping transfer tax (GSTT) would apply in addition to the gift tax. This is a separate tax system that applies when gifts or bequests are made to a person who’s two or more generations below the person making the gift or bequest, like a grandchild or great-grandchild. However, many of the same exclusions that apply for gift tax purposes, also apply for GSTT purposes. So, the odds are you won’t have to pay any GSTT.

Talk to an experienced estate planning attorney to help you find the best strategy for you and your family.

Reference: nj.com (October 28, 2019) “What should I know about taxes before I gift my home?”

 

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A Pet Trust Can Protect Pets after You’re Gone

Many of us consider our pets members of the family, but the law does not. In Arizona, pets are considered property, reports the East Valley Tribune in the article “Trusts can help provide for a pet’s future.” That means you can’t leave them your house, or open a bank account in their name. However, you can take measures to protect your pets from what could happen to them after you pass away with a Pet Trust.

The simple thing to do is to make arrangements with a trusted family member or friend to take care of your pet and leave some money for their care. The problem is, there’s no way to enforce this, and it’s all based on trust. What happens if something unexpected happens to your trusted family member or friend, and they can’t care for your pet?

You’ve also given them funds that they are not legally required to spend on your pet.

Another choice is to leave your pet to a no-kill animal shelter. However, shelters, even no-kill shelters, can be stressful for animals who are used to a family home. There’s also no way to know when your pet will be adopted, since most people come to shelters to adopt puppies and kittens. There is also the issue of the shelter. Will it continue to operate after you are gone?

The best way that many people care for their pets, is by having a pet trust created. An estate planning attorney in your state will know if your state is among the many that allow a pet trust to be created to benefit your pet.

Start by naming a guardian for your pets, including instructions on whether your pets should be kept together. If you are not sure about a guardian, name additional guardians, in case one does not wish to serve. Then determine how much money you need to leave for the pet’s care. This will depend upon the animal’s age, health and life expectancy. There will need to be adequate funding for any medical issues. The trust can specify whether you want your pet to undergo expensive surgeries or whether they should be kept comfortable at any cost.

You’ll want to make sure to name a guardian who you are confident will care for your pet or pets in the same manner as you would.

A pet trust will require you to name a trustee, who will be in charge of disbursing the funds as they are needed and can also check on the pet to be sure they are well, and your instructions are being followed. The money in the trust must only be used by person for the care of the pets.

A pet trust will give you the peace of mind of knowing that your beloved companion animals are being cared for, even when you are not here to care for them. Speak with an estate planning attorney to learn how to make a pet trust part of your overall estate plan.

Reference: East Valley Tribune (Oct. 14, 2019) “Trusts can help provide for a pet’s future”

 

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