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Gingersnap
01-04-2011, 11:21 AM
Bill would OK pet trust funds

Owners could will money for animals’ care
By Kyle Cheney
State House News Service / January 4, 2011


Pet owners whose devotion to their furry and feathered loved ones extends beyond the grave may soon have a legal outlet to provide for their animals after the owners die.

A bill on Governor Deval Patrick’s desk would permit Massachusetts residents to write pets into their wills, leaving behind trust funds for their care that would be upheld and enforced by a court.

“Having trust mechanisms is just one more tool to try and keep pets in homes and out of shelters,’’ said Kara Holmquist, director of advocacy for the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. “It’s not just people who have a lot of resources. It’s really people who just want to make sure that their pets are taken care of.’’

The bill was filed in January 2009, approved by the House in June 2010, and cleared the Senate last week. The measure is sponsored by state Representative Louis Kafka, a Stoughton Democrat.

Patrick has until Sunday to act on the bill. Asked about the governor’s position, a spokeswoman said only that the proposal is currently under review.

The bill permits the establishment of trusts for the care of animals after their owners have died, and the trusts would remain valid until a date specified by the owner or until the animal dies. Those entrusted with the care of a pet would be prohibited from using any of the funds for other purposes.

If a person or organization believes that money set aside for pet care is being misused, the bill also provides a legal avenue to enforce the deceased owner’s wishes.

Why not? :)

Boston (http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2011/01/04/bill_would_ok_pet_trust_funds/)

noonwitch
01-04-2011, 11:46 AM
It's their money, if they want to leave it to their pets, they should be allowed to do so.