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Thursday, August 30, 2007

It's a dog's life

Hotelier and real estate billionaire Leona Helmsley has left $12 million to her pet dog Trouble. The dog received the largest bequest from the will.

The will also says that when Trouble dies, she is to be buried alongside Mrs Helmsley, who died last week, and her late husband in their mausoleum. Mrs Helmsley set aside $3 million for the upkeet of the mauseleum.

Two of Mrs Helmsley's four grandchildren where cut out of the will whilst two others receive $5 million provided they visit there fathers grave once a year. (if they find this task too onerous let me know and I'll do it!).

The money for Trouble's upkeep is the responsibility of Mrs Helmsley's brother receives $10 million.

Proceeds from the sale of Mrs Helmsley's residences and belongings will go to a charitable trust. Mrs Helmsley once said "only little people pay taxes" (I dont' think I like her much!) and sued the cemetery where her husband is buried (or is it was, oh read the story).

I'm not sure who gets the $12 million dollars when Trouble dies. Do dogs have wills?


ziggi said...

I'll have it!

It's really heartwarming to know that so much money is going to such a good cause. I'm leaving all my debts to my horses.

Diddums said...

I had definite doubts where it says she cut two people out - they're still family.

And it's not up to one person (dead/rich or not) to force another person to go to someone's grave every year - that's interfering. I don't visit graves or cemeteries because they don't mean anything to me - doing it for x amount of money means nothing. And if I had been doing this anyway before the will came along, I would still be annoyed, as the aspersion would have been that I wasn't. Nobody's business really. Hmm... I think I got out of bed on the wrong side this morning!

Kate said...

She sounds like a complete fruitcake. Sorry to any of her rellies who may pop by, but she does.

Cherrypie said...

Those clauses would probably be unenforceable under English and Welch succession law, which would render the whole thing void so everything would go to the closest relative, probably the brother.

It's so liberating not to have such problems, being completely penniless all the time.

Tricia said...

Like Cherrypie, I won't have this problem either. My son & daughter are aware!

How irresponsible and selfish to act in this way in trying to control others' actions.

oldcrow61 said...

Well....she is called the "Queen of Mean."