All My Children Wear Fur Coats: How to Leave a Legacy for Your Pet

(1806 Ratings)

Produced on: September 19, 2014

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 60 minutes
Difficulty Beginner

Lawline Faculty Member Peggy Hoyt, J.D., M.B.A., presents "All My Children Wear Fur Coats: How to Leave a Legacy for Your Pet". 

Pets come in all shapes and sizes - from horses to hamsters, from ferrets to felines - and they inhabit our hearts with their own unique personalities. They share our day-to-day struggles, adventures, and special moments with us.  We share our homes, our beds and our hearts with our pets.  They leave us with a legacy of happy memories after they're gone.  Our pets love us unconditionally, help reduce stress and even enhance longevity. 

Join Peggy Hoyt as she discusses how to create a comprehensive estate plan, trusts, bequests by will, and written action plans all designed to protect your pets.

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Recognize the keys to creating a comprehensive estate plan for pet owners 
  2. Explore all the alternatives for planning for your pet including pet trusts, bequests by will, perpetual care alternatives, and animal care panels 
  3. Identify the steps to create a written action plan for your pet(s)

Faculty

Peggy Hoyt

The Law Offices of Hoyt and Bryan, LLC

BACKGROUND:

Peggy is a Stetson University graduate receiving her B.B.A., cum laude, in 1981, her M.B.A. in 1982 and her J.D., cum laude, in 1993.  Her work experience includes time as a college recruiter, financial consultant, account executive and chief financial officer before entering law school. She is a founding partner of Hoyt & Bryan, LLC. Peggy is dual certified by the Florida Bar in Wills, Trusts, and Estates and in Elder Law.

EXPERIENCE: 

Peggy practices in the areas of family wealth and legacy counselling, including trust and estate planning and administration, elder law, small business creation, succession and exit planning, real estate transactions and animal law. In addition to her law degree, she holds a Florida real estate license. Peggy formerly held a NASD Series 7 license and health, life and variable annuities licenses. She serves as a certified FINRA Arbitrator and is also a Florida Circuit Court Mediator concentrating in family business, estate administration, and animal law issues.

AUTHOR/PUBLIC SPEAKER: 

Peggy is the author of All My Children Wear Fur Coats – How to Leave a Legacy to Your Pet, an informative and inspirational guide for pet owners who want to include their pets as part of their estate plans. She is a co-author of the following books with Candace M. Pollock: Special People, Special Planning – Creating a Safe Legal Haven for Families with Special Needs designed to educate families about the planning options and protections for their special needs family members; Loving Without a License – An Estate Planning Survival Guide for Unmarried Couples and Same Sex Partners, created to address the unique planning needs of unmarried individuals in today’s society; A Matter of Trust – The Importance of Personal Instructions stressing the importance of supplementing legal estate planning with personal instructions; Women in Transition – Navigating the Legal and Financial Challenges in Your Life created for all women as they learn, live and grow throughout their lives. Peggy is co-author with Scott Farnsworth of Like a Library Burning – Sharing and Saving a Lifetime of Stories, which addresses the why and how of protecting and passing on a lifetime of stories.  Peggy is co-author with Deborah Roser of Thank Everybody for Everything! Grow your Life and Your Business with Gratitude, and the companion five-year gratitude journal, Gratitude Expressions, Straight Talk! About Estate Planning and Straight Talk! What to Do When Someone Dies.

Peggy speaks at the local, regional and national levels on estate planning and elder law topics including pet planning, special needs planning and planning for unmarried couples and same sex partners. Peggy has been featured on CNN Financial News, the Wall Street Journal and the Orlando Sentinel for her work in pet planning. 

EDUCATION: 

  • Stetson University, B.B.A (Marketing/Management 1981), cum laude
  • Stetson University, M.B.A. (Finance 1982)
  • Stetson University College of Law, J.D. (1993), cum laude, Phi Delta Phi

PROFESSIONAL AND CIVIC AFFILIATIONS:

  • WealthCounsel, Member
  • Central Florida Estate Planning Council, Member, Past President, Member
  • The Florida Bar, member; Past Chair for the General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section and Member of the Animal Law Committee Member
  • Barry University College of Law, Former Adjunct Professor of Animal Law

Reviews

EC
Eric C.

Rarish topic, one you see little attention given to. I liked this.

KO
Karl O.

Good overview of pet estate planning.

CM
Cullen M.

Loved this presentation. She really cares about her subject---and of course her pets!

KC
Kitty C.

Excellent presentation, very thorough.

LV
Loriann V.

Excellent program!

VB
Vicki B.

This was a very thorough presentation. Very good.

EJ
Edward J.

Very thorough primer on continuous care of pets.

SB
Skylar B.

Very helpful!

GR
George R.

good intro

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Pam F.

Peggy was fabulous!! Informative, professional, and a lover of pets? Who could ask for more? -Pam Fratini

AK
Adaline K.

Fun presentation. Really interesting subject matter. Engaged presenter.

MP
Michael P.

Great presentation

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Iris G.

I learned so much on how to protect my three cats in the event something happens to me. Thank you so much.

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Robin B.

The best CLE course ever!!!!!! Peggy Hoyt is a perfect speaker - so interesting and knowledgeable . Perfect delivery!

MV
Marshall V.

Excel;lent program.

AK
Ana K.

Quite possibly the best CLE I have ever taken. Thought-provoking and informative. Made me realize my husband and I need to take steps in our own lives to protect our pets, should anything happen to us. Also made me think of other issues -- natural disasters, fire, etc., where our pets may be unattended. Thoroughly covered a lot of important issues. Many thanks.

DF
Daniel B. F.

Very thorough, informative, organized and sensitive. Great CLE and great speaker.

MH
M J H.

provided great "food for thought"

MY
Maria Y.

Excellent and informative presentation

BN
Barbara N.

Excellent, thorough and thought provoking.

AO
Arthur O.

Nice course!

JA
Jessica A.

Fantastic!

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Barbara R.

I am going to give the handout to my attorney who is updating our Wills and Trust.

SH
Shelly H.

Very interesting and informative.

AW
ALAN W.

good

HW
Howard W.

Excellent.

JB
Julie A. B.

Thought-provoking. Spurred me to take action.

JK
John K.

Greatly apprecisted

SD
Suzanne d.

My favorite lecture

MB
Mark B.

wonderful subject, filled with useful information.

CC
Christine C.

Loved the presentation!

LG
Lawrence G.

i own two dogs very helpful

JB
John B.

Very interesting and entertaining.

VB
Vid B.

As an owner or parent of & cats and one dog this was very helpful and informative.

MH
Mitchell H.

As good a presentation as I've ever watched in my 40+ years as an attorney.

CC
Catherine C.

Enjoyed this very much. Thank you!

CG
Charles G.

Great. Loved the presenter and subject

GG
Gabriel G.

absolutely amazing!

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Francis Gerard H.

Good Course!

LS
Laura S.

Great course! Best lawline course i have taken so far.

RL
Randon L.

Good

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constance b.

Wonderful area of law that more estate planners should be concerned about. I think the speaker was very good, the written materials are extremely useful.

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SHARON S.

BEST cle class I EVER TOOK. My chihuahua Saucey is protected now. Professor Hoyt is inspiring. Makes we want to protect all pets.

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Constance H.

Outstanding presentation! As a "Mom" to an old rescue dog, an old rescue cat and a young pup with a disability, I now realize what I must do to provide for them, before I could begin to think of giving advice to others. If you love your pets, this is a "

BF
Brittin F.

Well done. The instructor cares very much about the subject.

BP
Bernard P.

This is a neglected area... excellent ... on all counts.. speaker and content.

CF
Christine F.

i thought the material was very interesting and the speaker was very thorough and knowledgeable. would highly recommend this course to anyone in estate planning.

LB
Lynne B.

Important issues that everyone should think about.

GM
Gerald M.

Great timely topic

WT
William T.

fab

KY
Kimberly G. Pigg Y.

Interesting topic.

SG
Savery G.

Really worthwhile, especially if you love your pets -- excellent!

KP
Kavitha P.

Interesting topic.

JB
Janine B.

Extremely interesting.

SR
Shelley R.

loved the course! Peggy is obviously a very thoughtful lady and a very good presenter. My dog, horse and bird thank her!

AF
Adam F.

Pretty specific, but I can certainly see where it would be an important part of a T&E Practice where there are wealthy pet lovers

MC
Melanie C.

Very interesting!

FT
Frank T.

Interesting, thought provoking and different.

BB
Bruce B.

Good and informative course

BL
Barbara L.

Excellent!

CR
Cynthia A. R.

very interesting!

CS
Clarence S.

Excellent and informative presentation.

KM
Kevin M.

Very good practical advice if you work in the estate planning field and this issue comes up.

AM
Amy M.

Would love to see more "animal law" seminars!

AB
Angela B.

Wonderful!

JE
John E.

Excellent all around!

KB
Karen B.

Very enjoyable and informative program.

RK
Ruth K.

Great topic. Would love to see more animal law courses.

EP
Edward P.

What a great talk on an important subject! Thank you.

JD
Jeffrey D.

I was expecting the usual high quality presentation and got it, however, I enjoyed the class more than most because Ms. Hoyt was passionate about the subject. Thank you!

MV
Michael V.

Interesting topic and information that will be of use during estate planning for certain clients.

MF
Mary Ellen f.

Much needed info for Will planning.

AF
Alexandra F.

very practical advice

TI
Thomas I.

This topic has evolved since I finished law school, so I am pleased for the update!

DS
Diane S.

Very interesting and relevant

NF
Nicole F.

Outstanding!! With 3 dogs, 6 cats, 2 birds and fish-filled tank, I plan on contacting Ms. Hoyt to assist w/personal estate planning for my pets and me.

BC
Bonnie C.

Interesting topic.

NG
Neil G.

great program thorough and clear

MG
michael g.

Very interesting course on a subject about which I was wholly unfamiliar. As a dog owner, it really resonated with me.

BL
Bunnie L.

Extremely knowledgeable speaker

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Susan T.

Excellent

BZ
Beatriz Z.

I enjoyed this presentation because of the subject matter.

TJ
Thomas J.

good speaker, interesting topic

RS
Robert S.

Never studied this topic before. Interesting.

AW
Andrea W.

Exceeded my expectations for a presentation. Thank you.

SR
Suzanne R.

a must for pet lovers!

BS
Brenda S.

This was a wonderful speaker and knew her topic.

JP
Jodi P.

Unique subject matter. Becoming more and more relevant these days

RM
Richard M.

Very important and relevant

TS
Tabitha S.

This was a fabulous topic for estate planners and pet lovers alike!

SB
Stephanie B.

Interesting.

LM
Lawrence M.

Very good presentation.

JB
Jennifer B.

One of the best CLEs I've done. She's a great speaker. Very easy to listen to.

JS
Jennifer S.

She was the lecturer for the Special Needs Seminar I watched yesterday, and she was great. As an animal lover and owner, this was really informative.

WT
Walter T.

Otstanding

AL
Anthony L.

Very interesting topic and well presented.

RV
richard v.

who knew?

EC
Eric C.

Fantastic

BG
Brenda J. G.

Excellent presentation and very interesting topic!

JD
James D.

Very interesting topic.

MP
michael p.

Surprised by the information learned from this session

JE
John E.

Loved the topic but felt the focus could have been better. The speaker's passion for the topic is obvious. I wish the focus was better.

HL
Heather L.

Needs to go deeper

LD
Long D.

Really enjoyed this one.

MC
Migdalia C.

Interesting seminar.

LK
Lauren K.

Great lecture! Very interesting.

AW
Albert W.

Excellent program will definitely recommended to attorney friends

ME
Michael E.

Both informative and entertaining.

TF
Thomas F.

well done

CK
Charles K.

Very clear and concise and motivating

SY
Samer Y.

Never thought of having trusts for animals!

TE
Terresa E.

A course all pet owners should take for themselves and their clients.

WF
Wanda F.

Best CLE course ever - Peggy Hoyt is a hero!

MW
Michael W.

interesting topic-certainly an issue that is coming up in wills nowadays

NJ
Navdeep J.

Gave me some good ideas especially perpetual care organizations

BM
Bonner M.

seems like a timely subject

BG
Barry G.

Very thorough. I enjoyed this presentation for a number of reasons. I am a pet owner too.

DH
Debra H.

Peggy Hoyt is my favorite presenter so far. This is my second CLE with her presenting. She's great!

ET
Edward T.

Very good advice. How many attorneys think of planning care for pets?

LG
Leslie G.

Excellent

KA
Kimberly A.

Great information!

JD
jennifer d.

she's a great lecturer

LF
Laurence f.

absolutely terrific

WU
William U.

Loves her subject, loves animals. It's good content and feel-good CLE.

MS
Mindi S.

I am definitely getting her book

BB
Bonnie B.

Great!

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