There are many different types of legal issues that pertain to animals, such as pet custody, estate planning for pets, the rights of individuals that own service animals, and ownership disputes. Learn more about each below.
- Pet Custody
- Service Animals
- Estate Planning for Pets
- Ownership Disputes
One aspect of a divorce that is often overlooked is where the family pets will be placed. To some individuals, especially those without children, the custody of the pets can be a highly emotionally charged issue. I offer clients compassionate and professional representation in situations where the custody of a pet or pets is disputed.
Estate planning for pets
Many individuals wish to establish estate-planning documents to ensure that their pets will be taken care of after their death. I strive to help clients create the proper documents to protect the animal and provide for their care in the event that they cannot due to their own disability or death.
Service animals & the rights of their Owners
Disabled individuals that have a service animal for assistance have a certain set of rights. If an individual’s service animal is refused admittance into an establishment, this is a violation of the law. This is essentially the refusal of the disabled individual, since the animal on which they are dependent cannot enter. My office is dedicated to helping the owners of service animals ensure that all of their rights, and the rights of the service animal, are protected.
After a pet is adopted by a family, issues may arise regarding ownership of the animal. A previous owner may claim that the animal was never available for adoption, was not abandoned and was never without an owner. I provide support and guidance for families dealing with disputes over the ownership of an animal.
I limit my practice to family law, divorce & custody mediation, and animal law. I understand that substantial changes in family structure can be stressful & emotionally exhausting, so your experience with an attorney should not be. With my low-volume practice, I can be completely dedicated to your case & give it the personalized attention it deserves.
I believe that candid, confidential communication is paramount. It is important for your lawyer to know you, as well as your situation, so that he or she may best assess your options & help you make the best possible decisions. I strive to educate my clients about the processes they will face. I keep them informed of important developments in their cases.
Widener University School of Law, Wilmington, DE, 1999
Juris Doctor, Honors
Lock Haven University, Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, 1987