Another Doggone Shame: Big Probate Litigation Case Looms in Florida

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When over $10 million in assets is left to canine companions, the only question about probate litigation is: how quickly will it be filed?

Miami Beach heiress Gail Posner died in March at the age of 67; since there is currently no estate tax, there is much more for her heirs to divide.  However, three of those heirs happen to be dogs, who inherited a $3 million trust fund and an $8.3 million mansion.  Posner’s will left her staff a total of $27 million, including $10 million to one bodyguard and $5 million to the housekeeper who takes care of the dogs.

Her only living child?  He got $1 million.  And he’s suing, claiming undue influence.

Bret Carr and his mother did not have a loving mother-son relationship.  In fact, Carr says it was often rocky, but that the two had recently reconciled.

In an interview on the Today Show, he said that his mother had been unduly influenced by her caretakers, was drugged and brainwashed into enriching her pooches and staff and showed a video he had taken with his cell phone that showed the staff trying to keep him away from his mother’s side while she was asking him to stay.

California and every other state in the U.S. has an undue influence law that allows families to file a lawsuit if they believe a loved one has been advantage of in such a fashion that their true wishes were not reflected in their final will and estate plan.

If something like this ever happens to you, an experienced estate planning attorney or probate litigation lawyer can help.

Let our Costa Mesa law offices help you get started by contacting us today.

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