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Protect Your Pets After You Are Gone

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© The Stelter Company The information in this publication is not intended as legal or tax advice. For such advice, please consult an attorney or tax adviser. Figures cited in examples are for hypothetical purposes only and are subject to change. References to estate and income taxes include federal taxes only. State income/estate taxes or state law may impact your results. The University of Iowa Center for Advancement Department of Planned Giving One West Park Road Iowa City, IA 52242 uifoundation.planningyourlegacy.org Phone: 800-648-6973 or 319-335-3305 Email: giftplanning@uifoundation.org Make Your Wishes Known Once you have established a pet trust, give a copy of it to the caregiver and trustee. Leave any emergency phone numbers with the executor of your estate and your family. Let them know how important it is to move quickly if something should happen to you. This situation can become critical if your pet trust is formed as part of your will. With a will, it can sometimes take weeks for the probate process to begin. Don't risk your pet being abandoned during these early days. Have a Question? If you would like assistance in how to include the University of Iowa as the final beneficiary of your pet's trust or other ways we can be included in your estate plan, please contact us. Pets are Family, Too. According to a 2010 Indiana University study conducted by sociologist Brian Powell, more than 51 percent of Americans count their pet as one of their family members.

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