If you have a beloved pet you want to ensure is properly cared for after your death or you want to detail maintenance of cemetery plots, talk with a Fresno attorney who can set up an honorary trust for you. Through such trusts you can arrange for the care and maintenance of special places, rituals, or animal companions after you are gone.
With an honorary trust, you appoint a trustee to use the corpus of the trust for a designated purpose, such as the care and feeding of a pet or the care of a cemetery plot. Honorary trusts are not legal in every state, and where they are legal, the state law imposes rigid requirements and limitations. For example, in some states, an honorary trust can only be used to provide for pets and cemetery plots. Other states may allow the trust settler to create the trust to ensure rituals are followed, such as a mass being given according to specifications.
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