2 Estate Planning Tips For Pet Owners

Although many pet owners view their animals as part of the family, the law recognizes pets as possessions. This means that after you pass away, your beloved pet’s care might be left in limbo while probate matters are settled. Every pet owner should do their estate planning with their pet in mind.

Here are two tips you can use while planning your own estate to ensure that your furry friend’s care won’t be left unsettled after you pass away.

1. Make arrangements with a charity organization for your pet’s care.

If you don’t have a friend or family member who is willing to provide a permanent home for your pet after you pass away, you might want to consider partnering with a charitable organization to ensure your animal will receive the care he or she needs while waiting to be adopted out to a new forever home.

In exchange for a charitable donation in your pet’s name, some shelters and rescue organizations are prepared to take ownership of your pet after you pass. These organizations agree to use part of your charitable donation to support your pet’s care until a suitable new home can be found, and any money left over will be used to help other pets in their system.

2. Set up a pet trust.

Working with a qualified attorney to set up a trust fund for your pet can be a great way to ensure he or she will receive adequate care after your death.

A pet trust works in much the same manner as a traditional trust. You designate a trustee that will be responsible for holding the cash you have set aside for your pet’s care in trust after your death. This cash can be used by the trustee to provide shelter, food, water, and veterinary care for the life of your pet (or over a span of 21 years, whichever comes first).

Setting up a pet trust can be a simple way for you to remove the financial burdens associated with pet ownership and allow a trusted friend or family member to access the funds they will need to give your pet the care he or she deserves after your death.

Taking the time to consider your pet as you engage in estate planning with your attorney can be beneficial. Consider working with a charitable organization or setting up a pet trust to ensure that your beloved animal will be cared for in the event of your death. An attorney like Lisa Cappolella Attorney at Law may be able to help.

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Understanding How Driving Can Be Restricted After A DUI

Will you be going to court for a DUI charge? If so, you’re probably wondering what the ramifications will be if you are convicted of the crime. It is a great idea to hire a lawyer, because even if you lose the case, they can help argue on your behalf so that your driving privileges are not completely revoked after a conviction occurs. These are the possible changes that can be implemented to allow you to keep driving.

Restricted License

Your state may give you permission to drive using a restricted driver’s license. It will allow you to drive a car, but only for thing such as work, school, church, or for medical reasons. Restrictions can also be placed on where you can drive, which ensures that you are staying within the region for the approved purposes that are allowed.

Many factors go into if you can get a restricted license. For example, the chances are much better if you are only facing your first DUI offense, since repeat offenders could be denied a restricted license. If you’re living in a city with great public transportation, like Chicago or New York, your request could be denied simply because there are easy alternatives to get around. Restricted licenses are much more likely to be granted in areas that are rural, where a car is absolutely necessary for living your daily life.

Ignition Interlock

A device called an ignition interlock can be installed on your car by a local mechanic. It is connected directly to the wiring system of your car’s starter, and requires you to breathe into the device before you are able to turn on your car. It also may require you to breathe into it while you are driving.

This device works by using a button that activates it prior to starting your car. You are then required to breathe several times into the device that simulates a real breathing pattern.

The interlock ignition device will take samples of your breath and verify if it contains any alcohol. The car will not start if alcohol is detected. Setting off the device with alcohol in your system can even cause the device to lock up completely, causing the need to tow your car to an authorized location to reset the device.

While these restrictions can be quite annoying, they may be your only option to driving after being convicted of a DUI. Use the help of a lawyer to help have these restrictions placed instead of having your license completely revoked. 

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