Weinstein & Randisi
Phone:585-310-1578
Toll free:800-768-1780

Resize the Content Text

Dispute ensues after woman's will leaves money for cats

Making provisions for any surviving pets can be an important, though often overlooked, part of estate planning. Even in cases where plans are made, however, things do not always go smoothly. According to reports, a New York woman left a total of $50,000 to her five cats, $10,000 a piece, but the executor of the trust for the cats and the cats' caretaker ended up at odds over the money involved in taking care of the cats.

The cat's original owner died on April 28 of last year and according to court documents, the trouble started on June 8, 2013. That was when the executor of the trust came to the home of the deceased woman's sister, who had taken three of the cats after her sister's death. At that time, the executor reportedly requested that the cats be taken to a pet psychologist.

According to reports, the executor had originally wanted to place the three cats the sister was taking care of in a different home, but the sister disagreed. In December of 2013, the sister filed a claim for $6,930 -- the amount was later changed to $8,805 -- for vet and cat care expenses that she wanted the estate to pay. The woman claimed that she was entitled to compensation from the estate for boarding and care expenses.

According to reports, the three cats at the center of the dispute were eventually adopted by a woman and taken to their new home on Sept. 1 of last year. The new owner apparently does not intend to claim the $30,000 inheritance that the cats are entitled to, according to court papers. The other two cats had already been adopted.

This case is a perfect example of how important it is to make sure that how a person's pets are to be taken care of after his or her death is made explicit in a will. If a trust is involved, the terms of the trust should be laid out as clearly as possible to reduce the risk of these types of disputes and ensure the pets are well loved and taken care of after the original owner has passed.

Source: New York Post, "Cat fight ensues over fate of $50K felines" Josh Saul, Apr. 15, 2014

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
  • I wanted to write to say how pleased my wife and I were at your professional handling of our estate planning and preparation of new wills. We were put at ease by your visit to our home for an interview and were pleased that you listened to us and captured the things that we felt were important.

    --Robert and Christine Simonson, Fairport
  • In order to finalize the documents we came to your office and were greeted in a very professional manner and we could not have asked for finer service. We left with copies of everything we needed and feel very confident our needs have been met. Thanks again. We will surely recommend you should the opportunity arise.

    — Christine and Robert Simonson, Fairport
  • I have been working with Weinstein & Randisi for about two years now. Elizabeth Randisi, through a very thorough process, has helped my wife and me determine what is really important in our lives. Thus, we were able to draft a living will that reflected our most important values regarding our estate.

    --David and Ajia Cherry, Fairport
  • I would like to give a testimony for Elizabeth Randisi, an estate attorney with Weinstein & Randisi. Her knowledge of wills and estate planning was clearly demonstrated in her presentation to us. Realizing our need for a will, my husband and I went to see Elizabeth.

    --Kathy and Gary Gray, Webster
  • Filing for Medicaid is never an easy or fun process. However, working with the Weinstein & Randisi firm made the process simple and streamlined. We were able to obtain all files and records regarding Medicaid enrollment within a few days using specially prepared checklists and verbiage recommended by our assigned paralegal.

    --Ajia and David Cherry, Fairport
Awarded Top 50 Estate Planning Blog
Email Us For a Response

How Can We Help You?

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Blog Feed

Blog

Weinstein & Randisi - estate planning

290 Linden Oaks, Ste. 200
Rochester, NY 14625

Toll Free: 800-768-1780
Phone: 585-310-1578
Rochester Law Office Map

Map

Call us now for a free, 100% confidential consultation: