Rachel Hirschfeld is a nationally renowned expert in estate planning and a passionate advocate for people and their pets. 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. Ms. Hirschfeld has taught at Cornell Law School.
Ms. Hirschfeld was one of the first attorneys in the country to focus on what is now known as animal law and she works closely with many animal shelters and sanctuaries. Ms. Hirschfeld co-chairs the New York County Lawyers’ Association’s Animal Law Committee and works closely with the animal committees of the American Bar Association, New York City and New York State Bar Associations. She is a member of the prestigious National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) where she serves on the Advanced Programming and Education committees.
v Through her practice, and the devastating illnesses of her beloved shelter-rescue 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* and The Hirschfeld Pet Trust* both of which are legal protection for a pet’s continued care.
v Ms. Hirschfeld’s mission is “to ensure that every pet that has found a loving home is guaranteed a secure future.” She lives with her three rescue pets - Swizzle and Topper, a rescue dog and cat - and the newest arrival, Tamma, a feral cat.
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.
She is author of the book: PETRIARCH: The Complete Guide to Financial and Legal Planning for a Pet’s Continued Care published by the AICPA and available at www.cpa2biz.com (the first text book published by the accounting profession on pet protection law). In addition, Ms. Hirschfeld’s Pet Protection Agreement is available through LegalZoom.com, an online document service reaching millions of people.
An honors graduate of Yeshiva University’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Ms. Hirschfeld has interned in U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno’s office in the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. and for the Honorable William G. Bassler. In addition to New York State, Ms. Hirschfeld is admitted to argue before the Supreme Court of the United States of America.
Ms. Hirschfeld, a Tony Voter, produced several shows on Broadway as well as in England, including On Golden Pond (Tony nomination, James Earl Jones) and Blithe Spirit (Tony Award, Angela Lansbury) and Hair. 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 remains 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and www.petriarch.com.
*Patent Pending. This document is TM & © 2005 Pet Protection Agreement, LLC. All rights reserved. 2010 April 18, 2010.