When Gail Posner passed away in March, her son assumed he would end up with a fair amount of her fortune in the will. Instead, he found out that his mother had bequeathed millions of dollars to her three dogs and left him out in the cold.
The New York Post reports that Posner, the daughter of a wealthy business titan, left her $8.3 million mansion and a $3 million trust fund to her three dogs. The dogs are now officially slushpuppies. Posner actually had a history of showering her dogs in riches, once even buying her Chihuahua a $15,000 diamond necklace, but this obviously goes above and beyond that.
The dogs weren’t the only ones to benefit unexpectedly from Posner’s will. Also hitting the jackpot were seven personal aides, including bodyguards and housekeepers, who were given a total of $26 million -- and the right to live rent-free in the mansion while caring for the animals, the documents show,” the Post reports.
Not surprisingly, Posner’s son is furious with all this and has filed a lawsuit alleging that his mom was “deeply disturbed” and was “brainwashed” by her servants into spending ludicrous amounts of money on her pets and including them in the inheritance.
Posner isn’t the first to make a ridiculous request in her will. Leona Helmsley left $12 million to her dog, Janis Joplin left $2,500 to pay for 200 of her friends to party at her favorite bar and earlier this year, two British nurses bequeathed their skeletons to a dungeon that is a tourist attraction in Scotland.
Still, as strange as all these request may be, at least each of these people had the foresight to craft a will before they passed away, which is something that notable figures like Picasso can’t say. So whether you’re planning to leave your belongings to your kids or your pets, take a minute to review our list of estate planning dos and don’ts.