Monday, September 26, 2011

Estate Planning and the Charles River White Geese

A very major defect in Massachusetts law has existed concerning binding transfers for the benefit of animals.

The state legislature and the governor have recently added Chapter 203, section 3C to the General Laws.

Under this wording, trust conveyances can be made for the care of animals alive during the donor’s lifetime. The money cannot be retained beyond the death of the last surviving animal alive during the donor’s lifetime (legally important words). I have recently had a report by a caregiver of White Chinas living into their 30's.

Almost all of the Charles River White Geese have the appearance of White China Geese or of Emden Geese or of their progeny.

The trust can be created during the donor’s lifetime or by will at the time of death.

What you can do, the short of it

Yesterday, I posted a very extensive analysis of what you can do on the Charles River and at Alewife.

If you can only do one thing, contact the governor. I will be linking yesterday’s post at the top of this Blog modified to that extent.

Governor Deval Patrick is at the heart of this situation on the state side. His managers do not merit attention. His own contact information is:

Email form:

888-870-7770 / 617-725-4005.

The detailed information is at: