Author: Joanne Dekker, Esq.
If you have a pet or are an animal lover, you’re not alone. It’s been estimated that over 68% of American households have a pet, including over 83 million dogs and 95 million cats! And that doesn’t include all of the fish, birds, rabbits, gerbils, snakes, lizards, ferrets and horses sharing our homes and lives.
If you consider your pet a member of your family, this book makes it easy to understand:
This book, written by an animal lover, covers a lot of ground. And provides checklists and other valuable resources to keep your pet safe!
Real Life Legal wants you to be prepared!
Joanne Dekker is an attorney whose specialties include employment law, government contract and general business litigation, and animal rights. She is licensed to practice law in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.
What This Book‘s About
Estate Planning for Pets
Setting Up a Trust for Your Pet
Planning Without a Trust
If You Can No Longer Care for Your Pet
How a Pet Trust Works
Pet Trusts are Created Under a Will or a Living Trust
Advantages of Using a Living Trust
Role of Your Pet Trustee
How Much Money Is Needed?
Who Will Take Care of My Pet?
How Long Does the Pet Trust Last?
Contingency Plans for Pet Trusts
What If My Caretaker Doesn’t Take Care of My Pets?
What If My Heirs Object to My Pet Trust?
Can I Be Buried with My Pet?
Emergency Preparedness and Your Pets
Government-Mandated Emergency Preparedness Includes Pets
Government Mandates That Affect Pets in Emergencies
Public Health and Safety Issues Affecting Your Pets
Animal Control Officers
Are Rabies Vaccinations Mandatory?
Contact Animal Control and/or Your Local Health Department
Will My Pet Be Quarantined or Euthanized If Exposed to Rabies?
Federal Laws Concerning Exotic Animals
Leash Laws and Licensing
What Happens If My Dog Is Off Leash?
Leash Laws in Rural Settings
Licensing Requirements Help You and Your Dog!
“Breed-Specific” Legislation or Restrictions
“Dangerous Dog” Laws
Leaving Pets in Hot, Locked Cars
Laws Protecting “Outside” Dogs
Legal Proceedings Involving Your Pets
“I want a divorce. And I want the cat, too.”
Protecting a Pet from a Violent Spouse or Partner
Collecting Damages for a Pet That’s Been Injured or Killed
Federal Laws Affecting Service and Assistance Animals
The Americans with Disabilities Act and Service Animals
Service Animals Must “Work”
Service Animals Must Be Admitted by Businesses and Employers
Other Rules Affecting Service Animals
The Fair Housing Act and Assistance Animals
Getting a Waiver of a Landlord’s “No Pets” Policy
If a Landlord Is Discriminating Against You
Traveling with Your Pet
Pets in Hotels
The Air Carrier Access Act of 1988
The Safe Air Travel for Animals Act
Boarding Facilities and Pet Sitters
Boarding Your Pet
Hiring a Pet Sitter