Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Who Will Care When You’re Not There? by Robert E. Kass and Elizabeth A. Carrie

Link to purchase Who Will Care When You’re Not There?

The most powerful statement in the book is the simple question, “What would happen to your pets if you didn’t make it home from work today?”  It is our responsibility to make sure our pets are well taken care of, but we need to know what plans are appropriate for both short term and long term care. 

The book charts the length of life of different types of common pets and describes the need for young and old alike to prepare for emergency care and long term care of those who trust us most. There are lovely, and what I can only describe as peaceful, illustrations included in the book. 

Some of the important topics included are durable power of attorney for your pets and the scope of authority you wish to give and tax issues with trusts and how to set them up. There is also a nice section on pet grief with human loss and human grief with pet loss, with a list of resources for pet loss grief support. Quotes about animals and pets scattered throughout the book.

Who Will Care When You’re Not There? has very detailed information on the continuing care needs of pets and the best way to provide for those needs.  Multiple appendices provide additional information on state statutes for pet trusts, an emergency pet card and sign, and a pet trust drafting checklist.  I highly recommend this book for all pet owners.

The authors are estate planning attorneys practicing law as members of the Detroit law firm of Barris, Sott, Denn & Driker PLLC.


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