Trusts & Estates

Dealmeister's Daughter Leaves $8.3M Mansion to the Dogs; Lawyer Named in Resulting Will Contest

Conchita isn’t any ordinary Chihuahua. Dripping with diamonds (when she was willing to wear her $15,000 Cartier necklace, which wasn’t often) and chauffeured to the pet salon in her own assigned Cadillac, the pampered pooch is housed, along with two other dogs, some turtles and live-in staff, in an $8.3 million Miami Beach mansion.

But not for long, if Bret Carr has his way. The only living child of Conchita’s now-deceased owner, Gail Posner, he is seeking to overturn the will in which she provided lavishly for her beloved pets but bequeathed him a mere $1 million, reports the Wall Street Journal. The daughter of takeover artist Victor Posner, she died in March at age 67.

Among multiple defendants accused in the action of exerting undue influence on Gail Posner is New York lawyer Sanford Schlesinger, who helped her execute the 2008 will and trust agreement at issue in Carr’s case. The action was filed last week in Miami-Dade probate court.

An attorney for Schlesinger declines to comment when contacted by the Wall Street Journal.

In a similar battle over the estate of hotel heiress Leona Helmsley, a New York probate court cut the $12 million trust she had established in her estate plan for her pet Maltese dog to $2 million, the newspaper notes.

A previous post details Helmsley’s efforts to use her estimated $8 billion fortune to benefit not only her own dog, Trouble, but stray canines throughout the country.

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