About the Authors

ROBERT E. KASS is a tax attorney whose practice is heavily concentrated in the areas of estate
planning and estate administration. An honors graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, he earned his Master’s Degree in Taxation from New York University. A Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), Bob is a member of the Detroit law firm of Barris, Sott, Denn & Driker, PLLC, where he serves as Chairman of its Tax, Estate Planning & Probate Group. His practice is also heavily involved in charitable and planned giving techniques, and he is an active advisor and member of the Planned Giving Professional Advisory Committees of numerous local, national and international charitable organizations. Bob is also a Board Member and past Chair of the Speakers Bureau of LEAVE A LEGACY® Southeast Michigan.

A frequent and lively speaker on topics related to tax and estate planning, Bob has taught numerous courses for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education, which provides continuing education to attorneys in the State of Michigan. He has delivered many lectures to civic and professional groups, and has also appeared on the CNN and CNN/Financial Television networks and local cable television. Bob also has coauthored a highly acclaimed layman’s guide to estate administration, What Do We Do Now? A Practical Guide to Estate Administration for Widows, Widowers and Heirs, which is used as course material in estate administration classes and has readers throughout the United States and as far away as Guam and the United Kingdom.

ELIZABETH A. CARRIE is a tax attorney whose practice spans taxation, corporate, partnership and limited liability company law, and estate planning and administration. Betty earned her Juris Doctor degree and her Master’s Degree in Taxation from the University of Florida Frederic G. Levin College of Law. She is also a member of the Detroit law firm of Barris, Sott, Denn & Driker, PLLC, where she plays a key role in the firm’s Tax, Estate Planning & Probate Group. Betty is also deeply involved in assisting start-up businesses through Detroit’s Tech Town research and technology park, a business incubator.

A long-time pet owner, Betty’s relationship with and dedication to her dog provided the impetus for this book, so that other pet owners could become aware of their responsibilities, understand the critical issues in planning for their pets’ well being, and be prepared to implement practical solutions.

Both Bob and Betty are members of the Animal Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. They take great pleasure in assisting their clients in developing customized plans for the care and welfare of their pets, including Pet Trusts, and also in helping them craft planned giving arrangements for the benefit of animal welfare and other charitable organizations.