Wednesday, June 22, 2011
After Death, You May Leave Money to Your Pets
One of the most famous cases involving an inheritance being left to an animal was Leona Helmsley’s trust for her dog, Trouble. When Helmsley passed away in 2007, she left $12 million of her estate to Trouble. A judge later reduced the amount to $2 million.
Though Trouble’s $12 million fortune may seem excessive to some, two other dogs have fortunes that far outshine Trouble’s. A German dog named Gunther IV received $130 million after his owner’s death. Miss Charlie Brown, a cocker spaniel from South Dakota will receive $130 million when her mining magnate owner passes away.
Unfortunately, Trouble passed away recently. Trouble’s life of luxury is over. The remainder of Trouble’s inheritance will now go to the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.