With over 25 years of experience in wealth planning, Jackson Walker attorney Scott Schepps has handled numerous estate planning matters – not only for his clients, but for their pets as well. In Texas, pets are considered property and can therefore be addressed in estate planning. The Texas Estates Code even sets forth guidelines on bequests made for the care of a pet in the form of Honorary Trusts.
“Most people view their pets as part of their families. How to ensure their pet is cared for is a real concern for clients of all ages when considering matters related to their estate.”
In a recent interview with Houston Business Journal, Scott provided insights about estate planning for pets and the importance of thinking ahead. To read the full interview, check out “Q&A: Five shots with a Houston estate attorney on pets.”
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Scott A. Schepps is a partner in the Houston office. He has helped clients structure their estates so that assets pass in a manner that meets their desires, reduces the potential for conflict, and minimizes gift, estate, and income taxes. His clients include closely held business owners, corporate executives, real estate developers, and private equity firm principals. Scott’s practice covers most aspects of wealth planning and probate, including the preparation of wills, incapacity documents, and revocable and irrevocable trusts. Scott is also certified in estate planning and probate law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.