The rapid spread of the novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”) has sparked an interest in people all over the world to make sure their affairs are in order in case of sudden death or incapacitation. Many pet owners consider their pets as part of their families, so it naturally follows that they would also want to ensure

A NJ bill just introduced would prohibit enforcement of provision in decedent’s will that would require euthanasia of healthy domestic companion animal.  See S4060 and sister bill A5691.

As used in this act:

(1) “Fiduciary” includes executors, general administrators of an intestate estate, administrators with the will annexed, substituted administrators, substituted administrators with the will

A recent review by Jeffrey W. Pompeo of New Jersey’s pet trust law was published in the New Jersey Law Journal, describing some of the deficiencies of the existing law.  Amendments to that law were introduced by Assemblyman Burzichelli amending the New Jersey Pet Trust Statute, A-3860.

The pet trust statute is being amended

Attorneys arguing on behalf of the Nonhuman Rights Project (NRP), are attempting to free four chimpanzees from “captivity” in New York (well, actually, just changing the location of their captivity).  If the courts buy into at least one of their arguments, for example, that since the chimps were named as beneficiaries under New York’s Pet

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If your household is anything like mine, you treat your cherished pets like members of the family. If you were to pass away or become disabled, what would become of your pet? While you would like to think that your family or friends would assume