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Trouble for Trouble

OK, so I thought it was totally absurd when Leona Helmsley left $12 million in her will for her nine-year-old Maltese. Imagine how many deserving dogs could have benefitted from all wampum? So you'd think I'd be overjoyed to discover that a judge ordered $10 million slashed from Trouble's windfall, funnelling it to a charitable trust and two otherwise high-and-dry grandchildren. Instead, I'm irritated. Obviously, Trouble can manage well on her estimated $190,000 a year but I don't like the idea of some judge making that choice. What if I create a will providing generously for my dogs and a disgruntled relative challenges those provisions as unreasonable because, after all, the beneficiary is merely a dog? This is food for thought and for conversation with an estate planner!

Lisa Wogan

June 16, 2008 in Current Affairs | Permalink

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> ...hope my 2 children would find them
> good homes...

Don't bet on it. I adopted a 15-year-old Poodle who had belonged to an elderly couple. When the wife died, the husband took her straight to the pound. Go figure...and be very certain of who you can trust.

Posted by: Marius | Jul 28, 2008 8:46:10 PM

She was a daff old bitty to leave her grandchildren out of her will.Grandchildren are treasure sent from heaven above.i love mine &I love my dogs,but would be unable to leave a penny to the dogs,but hope my 2 children would find them good homes,should i depart this cruel world!My children are of my bloodline,not the canine kind!!

Posted by: Karla | Jul 7, 2008 11:26:43 PM

That would make me SO mad to specify where my money went then have it overturned because of stupid relatives.

Ugh.

Posted by: reddog | Jun 28, 2008 11:01:04 AM

I know what you mean. Afterall it was the lady's choice who she wanted to leave the money to, and even if it were her dogs, that's who she chose. But then again, would the dogs be able to manage the money responsibly - actually how would they even be able to spend the money? I would love to leave money for my dogs or at least if I go before they do I'd like to think they'd be taken care of, but a person would still have to take care of them since the dogs can't exactly take a shopping cart into the doggie store on their own. I wonder if she wanted those grandkids to get the money though. It's really a strange situation to be in.

Posted by: costume jewelry buyer | Jun 18, 2008 10:27:21 AM

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