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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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