Rachel Hirschfeld’s work on behalf of animals and her legal innovations that enhance the security of animals – such as the Pet Protection Agreement* and the Hirschfeld Pet Trust – have been chronicled extensively by the mainstream media.

As seen on Nightline and ABC News.



American Bar Association – Ensuring the Pet’s Continued Care: Advising Your Client’s About Planning for their Continued Care

Estate Planning – Estate Planning Strategies for People Who Have Pets

Animal Wellness Magazine – On Trust

The New Yorker – Rich Bitch

New York State Bar Association – Special Committee on Animals and the Law announces new program to ensure care for pets of hospitalized patients. – Care for Your Pet From Beyond the Grave

The Wall Street Journal – Trouble for Trouble! Judge Knocks $10 Mil from Helmsley Dog’s Take

The Wall Street Journal – Good Boy

Today – Helmsley’s Dog Gets $12 Million

ABC Action News Consumer Report – Pet Trust Fund

Bottom Line Publications – Setting up a “Pet Trust”: Care for Your Pets, Even When You Can’t Care for Them

The Elder Law Report – Pet Trusts Offer Elderly Clients Peace of Mind

The New York Sun – Max, Lucky and Princess Lead the Pack of Dog Names

Newsday – Trust Funds for Ongoing Pet Care

NAELA News – Pet Trusts Benefit Your Clients and Their Pets

Black Tie International – What do you mean she’s “Just a Dog”!

Westchester Women’s Bar Association Member Newsletter – Who Will Take Care of My Pet When I No Longer Can?

The New York Sun – Six Figure Bequest is New Must-Have for Pampered Pooches and Kittens

The Animal Haven Journal – The Hirschfeld Pet Trust for your Animal Companion

ASPCA – Planned Giving for Your Pets

North Shore Animal League – Ask Rachel



The American Bar Association
“The ABA provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, information about the law, programs to assist lawyers and judges in their work, and initiatives to improve the legal system for the public.” “The Mission of the American Bar Association is to be the national representative of the legal profession, serving the public and the profession by promoting justice, professional excellence and respect for the law.”


The New York State Bar Association
“The Association’s objectives, originally stated in its constitution adopted in 1877, are the same today. They are: to cultivate the science of jurisprudence, promote reform in the law, facilitate the administration of justice, and elevate the standards of integrity, honor, professional skill and courtesy in the legal profession. As a link between the state and the individual lawyer, as a force for constructive change, and as a chief exponent of the rights and liberties of the public, the New York State Bar Association stands proud and capable, ready to serve.”


The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc.
“The NAELA membership is comprised of attorneys in the private and public sectors who deal with legal issues affecting the elderly and disabled. Members also include judges, professors of law, and students. Some of the issues NAELA members assist their clients with include, but are not limited to: public benefits, probate and estate planning, guardianship/conservatorship, and health and long-term care planning. NAELA’s vision is to be the recognized leader inspiring and empowering attorneys to enhance the quality of life for the elderly.”