Trusts are really amazing, and not just for avoiding probate. 

In fact, there are many reasons to have a trust beyond avoiding probate.  A law journal article summarizes many of the “oddball” trusts for estate planning clients’ unique goals.

Here are several examples of the oddball trusts estate planning clients request:

Pet Trusts – Texas allows pet trusts, which are a specialized type of trust specifically for the care of pets.  Although pets can feel like part of the family, pets are considered “property” by Texas, and pet trusts are governed by Texas Property Code – Section 112.037.  A pet trust holds money that can be used for the food, vet bills, or other care of a pet and can last as long as the pet lives.

“Coogan Trusts” – There are trusts specially created to provide for child actors (like Jackie Coogan).  Granted, these are not widely used.  For those child actors being paid large sums of money, instead of receiving huge paychecks outright, the paychecks will go into the Coogan Trust.  These trusts are incredibly useful for highly paid child actors in the State of California–admittedly, not a large group.

Personal Revival Trust – There is now a trust specifically for those individuals planning to have their bodies cryogenically frozen after death.   Legally, a cryogenically frozen person is dead and cannot be a beneficiary of a trust.  However, when (if) the cryogenically person is revived, that person can then be the trust beneficiary again.

What’s the reasoning behind discussing these unique trusts?  To illustrate just how much can be accomplished with trusts.  When our estate planning attorneys make your trust, it’s specialized to YOU.  Avoiding probate is just one of a million different purposes for a trust.  There is an infinite number of trust variations.  There is no one-size-fits-all trust because each person has a unique family and unique set of goals.

An estate planning attorney can develop a legal trust that’s just right for your needs, no matter how “oddball” those needs may be.



Visit for more information on Texas estate planning law, living trust, pet trust, or other oddball Texas trusts, contact Richardson, Texas lawyer Isaac Shutt at

Shutt Law Firm’s office is conveniently located just north of Dallas, TX, near the intersection of highway 75 and Arapaho Road in Richardson, TX.


You can also call the Shutt Law Firm’s Dallas trust attorneys at (214) 302-8197 for more information on the topic discussed in this article or to discuss a different legal matter. Please consider the Shutt Law Firm if you need to avoid probate in Texas, a living trust, a pet trust, or other revocable living trust in Dallas, Richardson, Plano, Allen, McKinney, Garland, Addison, TX or surrounding North Texas area.


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