Rachel Hirschfeld, Attorney at Law

Swizzle and SundanceRachel Hirschfeld is a nationally renowned expert in estate planning and a passionate advocate for people and their pets. She is one of the first attorneys in the country to focus on what is now known as animal law. 

PETRIARCH: The Complete Guide to Financial and Legal Planning for a Pet’s Continued Care, a book authored by Rachel Hirschfeld and published by the American Institute of Certified Accountants (AICPA), provides the information needed to protect the welfare and security of all animals, especially family pets. 

Through her legal practice and the devastating illness of her beloved shelter dog Soupbone - the missing link that set her on the path of her life’s most important work - she created the Pet Protection Agreement® pet trust and The Hirschfeld Pet Trust™. Both offer the necessary legal protection in all fifty states for a pet’s continued care. Ms. Hirschfeld’s Pet Protection Agreement®, which continues to save millions of pets each year, is available through the online document service, www.LegalZoom.com.

Ms. Hirschfeld is the founder of, and co-chairs, the New York County Lawyers Association’s Animal Law Committee.  She works closely with animal organizations throughout the United States. An honors graduate of Yeshiva University’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Ms. Hirschfeld interned with U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno in the Department of Justice.

She has also served on the Advanced Programming and Education committees of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, on the Trusts and Estates and Animal Law committees of the American, New York State and New York City Bar Associations; and co-developed a program and the associated legal forms providing for pets during a patient’s stay in the hospital.

Ms. Hirschfeld is an author and lecturer, who is often quoted in newspapers, legal journals and other media outlets including: ABC Nightline, CBS Early Show, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, The Today Show, The New Yorker, Newsweek, Dow Jones, Newsday, The New York Sun, Bottom Line Retirement, The National Academy of Elder Law Attorney's Journal, Consumer Digest, and Fox News. Her lectures in continuing legal education have been selected for live web casting by Thomson Reuters’ publishing house.

“Her mission is to ensure that every animal is guaranteed a secure future”.

All her pets are rescues..Soupbone, Swizzle, Adam, Robbie, Sundance, Topper and Tamma.

Rachel Hirschfeld, Attorney at Law
tel 877-7PET-TRUST (877-773-8878)
fax 925-888-1644
Address: PO Box 1196, Asbury Park, New Jersey 07712