Gina Barry – Estate Planning Specialist Blends Law with a Passion for Animals
October 20, 2005
Gina M. Barry says she’s always had compassion for the underdog … and for the dog, as well. And the cat, the bird, the fish in her 75-gallon aquarium, and for all horses everywhere. The estate planning specialist and associate at the Springfield firm Bacon &Wilson told BusinessWest that she has a deep love of animals and always wanted to somehow make this passion part of her law practice. She has, through the cultivation of a rather unique niche – estate planning for animals. As she explained, this is obviously a new, emerging specialty focused on helping animal enthusiasts – from the woman with two cats to the professional llama breeder – put in place provisions to ensure that their animals are properly cared for should anything happen to their owners. “It’s actually estate planning for people with pets – that’s a better way to phrase it,” said Barry, adding that she has been asked to speak on the subject before a number of groups and has seen her client list in this realm grow, with great promise for the future. “The statistics on people and animals are incredible; people are really intrigued by this.”
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by: George O’Brien
October 3, 2005