Dakin Offering 2 Free Workshops on Estate Planning for Pets

by Lee Chambers


Dakin Humane Society will present two free workshops on estate planning for pets later this month, according to Exeuctive Director Carmine DiCenso.

The first will take place on July 25 at 6:00 p.m. at Dakin’s Adoption & Education Center located at 171 Union Street in Springfield. The second, on July 27 at 6:00 p.m., will happen at Jones Library located at 43 Amity Street in Amherst. The workshops are open to the public, but online registration is required at http://bit.ly/2tyvuBU.

Most American adults have not created a will, and since more than half of the population has pets, there is a risk in not making plans for animals should their people pass away or become incapacitated due to illness or injury. Attorney Gina Barry of Bacon Wilson P.C. will conduct the workshops and offer information about estate planning for pets.

The fate of animals left behind when their caretaker dies without making provisions for them can be tenuous.  According to Attorney Barry, they are often euthanized when family or friends don't step forward to take them, or they may end up abandoned in their person's home.  In some cases they may be brought to a shelter to be re-homed.

Topics to be covered include:

- Key final questions that should be answered to address your pet’s welfare and their future

- Choosing continued care and your final decisions regarding your pets

- How to include and structure your will to ensure care for your animals and their legal status in regards to your estate plan

- Pet Trusts and special provisions to support and protect your pet

- Necessary documents to protect your pets 

No dogs are allowed at these workshops. Attendees must register by July 23 to attend the Springfield session or by July 25 to attend the Amherst session.   Please contact Stacey Price (Dakin’s Director of Development and Marketing) with further questions at sprice@dakinhumane.org or call 413-781-4000 ext. 121.


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