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Estate Planning for Pets (Teleseminar)
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Estate Planning for Pets (Teleseminar)

1 CLE hour

When: 11/10/2014
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Contact: (404) 521-0781

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Estate Planning for Pets - 1 CLE hour

Providing for the care of pets is, for some clients, their most urgent estate and trust priority.  These clients want to ensure that, after their own deaths, their pets are looked after in a safe and secure environment.  But the law is unclear in this area – there are few familiar planning patterns to follow in this area.  The challenge for the planner is to create new structures to achieve these goals, including choosing standards for caregivers and trustees, drafting distribution provisions, and providing for the disposition of the remains of pets.  This program will provide you with a practical guide to the estate and trust planning for pets and other animals, including drafting trusts, fiduciary standards, and distribution provisions. 

Legal and practical framework for estate and trust planning for pets and other animals
Traditional trusts v. statutory trusts – advantages and disadvantages of each
Drafting standards for caregivers and trustees, and understanding the relationship between the two
Distributions to caregivers for the pet and for themselves
Designation of remainder beneficiary or trust, terminating the trust, and final disposition of pets or other animals 


Gerry W. Beyer
is the Governor Preston E. Smith Regents Professor of Law at Texas Tech University School of Law, where he specializes in estate planning.  He is widely recognized as a leading national authority on estate and trust planning for pets and is a frequent contributor to both scholarly and practice-orientated publications. He has authored numerous books and articles focusing on various aspects of estate planning, including a two volume treatise on Texas wills law and a casebook on estate planning published by the West.  Professor Beyer is a Academic Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.  He received his B.A., summa cum laude, from Eastern Michigan University, his J.D., summa cum laude, from Ohio State University College of Law, and his LL.M. and J.S.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law.

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