Pet Trusts

Leaving money to take care of pets is usually the stuff of Hollywood stories; however, it is a real issue for pet lovers. Leona Helmsley left her beloved pet twelve million dollars. Prior to the adoption of pet trust statutes bequests by pet owners to the pet in a will or trust would be the source of litigation because pets are considered chattel property and legally could not be a beneficiary of a trust. It is easier to do today because 44 of the 50 states have enacted pet trust legislation that allows a person to provide for the care of their pet if the pet outlives them. Most of these statutes are based on the Uniform Trust Code and have the following features.

The trust may be created to care for an animal during the settlors lifetime. It terminates on the death of the animal or if there was more than one animal on the death of the last surviving animal.
The trust may be enforced by a person named by the settlor or if none was appointed by a person appointed by the court.
Property of the trust can only be used for the purposes intended by the trust except to the extent the court determines the value of the trust is more than what is needed to care for the pet.

The only states that do not have pet trust legislation are Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, and West Virginia. Many persons who set up pet trusts stipulate that after the death of the pet remaining proceeds should go to an organization concerned about the welfare of animals such as the humane society.

This is complicated area of the law not really suited for self-help. See the counsel of an attorney familiar with your states trust laws to ensure a pet trust will accomplish your goals of taking care of your family member who is least able to take care of himself

Ryan Hicks Cumpton & Cumpton LLP is a leading provider of expert estate planning guidance in Mobile, AL. For more information on pet trusts and other estate planning services, visit our website.

Elderly Law Care

Florida Elder Law Attorney

As our State’s population ages, more families will want to have a clear understanding of Florida Elder Law.  This area of the law deals with the complicated legal issues common to the elderly and their families. Florida Elder Law Attorneys work to protect the rights of senior citizens and their children. At Mortellaro and Sindadinos we assist families with legal planning for all aspects of life of the elderly and their family. This legal area may include Nursing home care and contracts with nursing homes and other types of long term care facilities.  Our law firm reviews health insurance and Florida Medicaid eligibility. Other areas important to Florida Elder Law are wills and trust, Guardianship, Estate Planning and Florida Probate.

Long term Care

Seniors at some point usually need help from others to conduct their daily affairs.  At first it may simply take the form of advice and gradually may evolve to the point that a full time care taker is needed. One of the first concerns of seniors as they face advancing age is “what will happen if I get sick?”  By planning for the eventuality of long term care, seniors are able to have the best care available, preserve their assets and avoid unnecessary legal issues.

Most long term care is provided at home by a spouse or other family member.  This traditional arrangement is more challenging today for children of the elderly as both husband’s and wife’s are usually in the workplace.  A paid care giver may also be brought into the home to provide care for the elderly.  An unwanted result of these circumstances is that a family member or care giver may be in a position to use undue influence on a senior to their detriment and the detriment of family members causing the senior to make decisions that would harm themselves their assets, estate and their family.  When a Florida Elder Law attorney is there to help with long term care planning the chance of this occurring is greatly reduced.

It is important to plan ahead for the changes that naturally take place as people face the challenges of advancing age. Mortellaro and Sindadinos are experienced Florida Elder Law attorneys in Tampa serving the Tampa Bay cities of Clearwater, St Pete, New Port Richey, Bradenton and Sarasota. 

There are many requirements to qualify for Medicaid and nursing home care.  Some individuals may require the knowledge of a Florida Elder Law attorney to guild the children of seniors in Florida to a full understand of these requirements so that the parent is able to best benefit and qualify for the long term care they need. Mortellaro and Sindadinos can assist with Florida Medicaid nursing home planning, Home health care Medicaid planning, assisted living facility contracts and even the preparation of Medicaid applications.

Asset Protection

A Florida Elder attorney will be able to help seniors answer these important questions:

Will I have enough money for my long term care?
How do I get Medicare?
Will I be able to afford assisted living?
Will I be able to afford a nursing home?
How do I preserve my assets?
How do I leave money to my children but still control my assets?
Should I buy long term care insurance?
Do I need a Living Will?
Do I need a Durable Power of Attorney?

Mortellaro and Sindadinos can assist seniors and their children in answering these questions. We advise families and individuals in long term care options that meet their needs and help them understand the options available to preserve and protect assets.

You can speak to a Florida Elder Law Attorney at Mortellaro and Sindadinos

In Hillsborough County, Pinellas County, Pasco County, Sarasota County or Manatee County Florida call: 813-367-1500 to speak will a Florida Elder Law Attorney about long term care for seniors, wills and trusts, Florida Medicaid planning, Guardianships, Durable Power of Attorney, Medicaid benefits, Florida Probate law, nursing home Medicaid benefits, assisted living facilities contracts and nursing home contracts, nursing home issues as well as estate planning.  We serve the following cities in Tampa Bay for clients who need a Florida Elder Law Attorney: Tampa, Clearwater, St Pete, Palm Harbor, Brandon, Lakeland, New Port Richey, Bradenton and Sarasota Florida.

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