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Estate Planning Pitfall - You haven’t addressed pets in your estate plan

Pet owners in all 50 states can now make provisions for their animals through a trust. This “pet trust” allows owners to set aside funds for the animal’s care. After the pet dies, any remaining funds are distributed among...more

Insight on Estate Planning - October/November 2016

Gift giving made easy - Annual exclusion reduces your taxable estate - How can you reduce the size of your taxable estate? There are many ways to accomplish this objective, including the use of irrevocable trusts...more

Mars Settles With FTC Over Dog Lifespan Claims

Last week, Mars Petcare U.S., Inc. (“Mars”) settled its case with the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) over certain advertising claims. In 2015, the FTC initiated an investigation of Mars’ advertising claims for its Eukanuba...more

Home Owners Associations: Beware of the Fair Housing Act When Enforcing Pet Prohibitions and Restrictions

Many planned communities, townhome communities, and condominiums (collectively, "Associations" since they are nearly universally governed by one) have restrictions that either prohibit or limit the number, size, and type of...more

Pets and Divorce [Video]

What will happen to my pet during a divorce? Can I get pet visitation after a divorce?...more

Center for Veterinary Medicine Releases New Guidance

The center makes no bones about dog and cat food health claims. If you have been down a pet food aisle recently, you may have noticed dog and cat foods that claim to treat various conditions, such as claims to treat...more

Animal House – Can You Own Exotic Animals?

Phil Elliott, wide receiver for the North Dallas Bulls, posts a photograph on Instagram showing his new pet tiger hanging out in his backyard in Preston Hollow. His post goes viral and becomes a hot news topic. The next...more

Use a noncharitable purpose trust to achieve a variety of goals

Generally, trusts must have one or more human beneficiaries, but there’s an exception for certain “purpose” trusts. One popular type of purpose trust is a charitable trust. But don’t overlook the noncharitable purpose (NCP)...more

Estate Planning for Man’s Best Friend

Did you know that you can provide for your four-legged family members in your estate plan? Plans can be as informal as an agreement with a friend or family member to care for your pet when you are unable, or as formal as a...more

Seventh Circuit Says No to Anti-Suit Injunction Pending Final Approval of Settlement

The Seventh Circuit recently weighed in on the circuit split over whether a federal court, after preliminarily approving a class action settlement but before final approval, may enjoin class members from pursuing litigation...more

Dog Owners: Beware of Divorce

Divorce takes an emotional toll on all families. For over 60% of the households in the United States, that also includes their pets. While all courts are required to address custody matters involving children, most states are...more

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