Just recently, I wrote that Maryland was the latest state attempting to pass legislation for a statutory pet trust
Now, it seems, that Connecticut may follow that trend.
Connecticut Senator Toni Boucher has proposed a bill that provides for the creation of trusts for the care of domestic animals. The bill would allow pet owners to create a trust that terminates when the last animal named dies or 90 years after its creation.
"The question of who cares for a pet after the death of its owner is troubling to many people," said Boucher in a press release.
"Some pets, like parrots, can live for 40 to 80 years," she said. "If a pet owner becomes ill, incapacitated or dies, it makes sense to have already decided ahead of time how to provide one's beloved pets with food, shelter, veterinary care and companionship."
A draft of the proposed legislation is below:
AN ACT CONCERNING THE CREATION OF TRUSTS FOR THE CARE OF DOMESTIC ANIMALS.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:
Section 1. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2009) (a) A testamentary or inter vivos trust may be created to provide for the care of a domestic animal alive during the settlor's lifetime. Such trust shall terminate upon the earlier of (1) the death of the domestic animal or, if the trust was created to provide for the care of more than one domestic animal alive during the settlor's lifetime, the death of the last surviving domestic animal, or (2) ninety years after its creation.
(b) A trust authorized by this section may be enforced by a person appointed in the terms of the trust instrument or, if no person is so appointed, by a person appointed by the Probate Court. Any person having an interest in the welfare of the domestic animal may petition the court to appoint a person to enforce the trust or to remove a person so appointed.
(c) Property of a trust authorized by this section may be applied only to its intended use for the care of the domestic animal, except to the extent the Probate Court determines that the value of the trust property exceeds the amount required for the intended use. Except as otherwise provided in the terms of the trust instrument, property not required for the intended use shall be distributed to the settlor, if then living, otherwise to the settlor's successors in interest.
(d) Any person designated pursuant to the terms of the trust instrument may act as trustee of a trust authorized by this section. Any such trustee may also be designated as a remainder beneficiary of such trust pursuant to the terms of the trust instrument. For the purposes of this subsection: (1) "Person" means a natural person, corporation, limited liability company, trust, partnership, incorporated or unincorporated association or any other legal entity; and (2) "remainder beneficiary" has the same meaning as provided in section 45a-542a of the general statutes.
We will keep you advised as this bill winds through the legislative corridors.