Rachel Hirschfeld, Attorney at Law

Rachel Hirschfeld and SwizzleRachel Hirschfeld is a nationally renowned expert in estate planning and the preeminent authority on continuing protection of all animals. Her mission is to ensure that every pet that has found a loving home is guaranteed a secure future. She is a frequent author and lecturer, 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.   Ms. Hirschfeld’s lectures in continuing legal education have been selected for live web casting by Thomson Reuters’ publishing house.

She was one of the first attorneys in the country to focus on what is now known as animal law. Ms. Hirschfeld co-founded and co-chairs the New York County Lawyers Association’s Animal Law Committee and works closely with many animal centers, shelters, sanctuaries and the animal committees of the American Bar Association, New York City and New York State Bar Associations. She was a member of the prestigious National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) where she served on the Advanced Programming and Education committees.

  • Through her practice, and the devastating illnesses of her beloved shelter dog, Soupbone - the missing link in her life that ultimately set her on the path of her most important life’s work - she created the Pet Protection Agreement® pet trust* and the Hirschfeld Pet Trust© both of which are legal protection for a pet’s continued care. Ms. Hirschfeld’s Pet Protection Agreement® is available through the online document service, LegalZoom.com, reaching millions of people.
  • In an ongoing effort to provide for pets during a patient’s stay in the hospital, Ms. Hirschfeld has co-developed a program, and the associated necessary legal forms, which care for patients’ pets. These are all available to the general public on her site, and can be found here.

She is author of the book: PETRIARCH: The Complete Guide to Financial and Legal Planning for a Pet’s Continued Care published by the American Institute of Certified Accountants (AICPA). This book provides the information you need to protect the welfare and security of family pets and all animals. A companion CD includes questionnaires, forms, and templates.

Ms. Hirschfeld consults with attorneys throughout the country. An honors graduate of Yeshiva University’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, she has interned in U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno’s office in the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. and for a Federal Judge. She is admitted to practice in the state of New York and before the Supreme Court of the United States of America.   

Ms. Hirschfeld, a Tony Voter, produced several shows on Broadway including On Golden Pond (Tony nomination, James Earl Jones) and Blithe Spirit (Tony Award, Angela Lansbury). She was the first woman Haute Cuisine chef in America, having graduated from the Cordon Bleu Culinary Academy in Paris, France, with the highest possible honor, Tres Bien. She is a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier — women of achievement in the culinary, fine beverage and hospitality professions. Fluent in English, French, Italian and Hebrew. Ms. Hirschfeld can be reached at rachel@pettrustlawyer.com. She has three pets: a rescued dog and cat, Swizzle and Topper, and a feral cat, Tamma.

Rachel Hirschfeld, Attorney at Law
tel 877-7PET-TRUST (877-773-8878)
fax 925-888-1644
Address: PO Box 1191, Asbury Park, New Jersey 07712