Elder E-Letter May 2016 Rest in Peace: Freddy Hudspeth March 10, 2003–April 7, 2016 Freddy Hudspeth (also known as Sir Frederick the Great Culp) pa


Elder E-Letter May 2016

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Rest in Peace: Freddy Hudspeth


March 10, 2003–April 7, 2016

Freddy Hudspeth (also known as Sir Frederick the Great Culp) passed away on Thursday, April 7, 2016 at the age of 13. He was born on March 10, 2003 in San Antonio and was the runt of his litter. As you can see in his picture, he overcame his small stature and turned into a chubby little prince. He loved eating yogurt, carrots, and paper towels. Freddy was a talented pug with many hobbies. He enjoyed watching football with his dad, taking naps and car rides with his mom, visiting his Grandpa Johnny, and being blow dried after bathtime.

Freddy was preceded in death by his doggie mom, Jasmine Culp, and his doggie cousin, Bella Culp. He is survived by Lily Culp and Lacey Culp (his doggie sisters) and by a wealth of doggie cousins: Daisy Culp, Emmy Culp, Callie Barrett, Maggie Barrett, Whiskey Barrett, Chavez Hudspeth, Sophie Hudspeth, Jaxon Hudspeth, and Secret Victoria Murphy-Hudspeth. He also leaves behind 2 donkey cousins (Charlie Pride and Loretta Lynn Barrett) and Cheetos, Beau, and Sunshine (his snake cousins).

Everyone who knew Freddy will miss him, especially his parents—Greg and Jody Hudspeth. He will be remembered as the sweetest, most spoiled pug ever. Freddy's parents will plant a tree in his honor this fall.


Estate Planning: Pet Trusts

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What happens when our furry little friends outlive us?

With a pet trust, you can leave money to be used for the care of your dog or other animal. You put someone in charge of managing and spending it, following a written set of instructions that you provide. Most pet trusts are written so they take effect when the owner dies. In the document that creates the trust, there are several issues to address.

Someone to take care of the animal. Whether or not you use a trust, choosing a caretaker is always the most important decision you have to make. This is the person who will have custody of your pet and will be responsible for day-to-day care. Don’t assume the person you want to name—even if it’s your spouse or best friend—is willing to take on this responsibility. Always ask. Name an alternate as well, in case your first choice can’t take the pet when the time comes.

An amount of money to be used for the animal’s care. Do the best you can to estimate how much the caretaker will need to take care of your pet. The appropriate amount varies widely depending on the animal’s age and condition.

Caretaking instructions. Pet trusts tend to be very detailed when it comes to instructions for the caregiver. This makes sense, given that animals can’t tell the caregiver what they need or like. Owners often specify everything from favorite food and toys to sleeping arrangements.

What should be done with any money that’s left over when the animal dies. If you leave more money than is necessary, where do you want the rest to go? It could go to family, a charity—it’s your choice.

If you are a loved one is interested in setting up a pet trust, please contact The Law Offices of Carol Bertsch, PC.

Top picture: Raja Bell Polanco (courtesy of Jamie Herrmann, Billing Specialist)

Bottom picture: Sirmeowsalot (courtesy of Jennifer Schooley, Paralegal)


Coming Up

April 30 Carol delivers Help! I need some elder law answers! at AARP's Caregiver Connection Laredo Caregiving Summit.

May 10 Carol presents Estate Planning and Probate for OASIS @ the Bob Ross Senior Center.


May 20 Carol and karen Hogan co-present Elder Care and Elder Law: Now that you Have the Money, Will it Last? at St. Mary’s Financial Wisdom for Women.

May 24 Carol delivers Getting Your Affairs in Order at Isle at Watercrest Alamo Ranch Assisted Living & Memory Care.

Senior of the Month: Dolores Huerta

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Dolores Huerta—Labor leader, United Farm Workers union co-founder and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient--was an incredible speaker at the Annual Planned Parenthood luncheon Carol Bertsch Carol Bertsch attended last week. Huerta, 86, gained notoriety in the 1960s, organizing food boycotts and forming what would later become the United Farm Workers union alongside Cesar Chavez. She has not let aging slow down her activism in the slightest.

Click [here] (http://www.biography.com/people/dolores-huerta-188850)to read more about Dolores Huerta.

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