Friday, November 2, 2012
A 84-year-old Italian woman, whose name was not given, wrote a will that bequeathed 2 million euros to her dog Kikko. The woman does have children and several grandchildren, but decided that her dog should inherit all her property, which include "two apartments, several land estates and also bank accounts." The women made her decision following the death of her husband.
The process of making this type of bequest was difficult because domestic animals cannot inherit property under the law in Italy. To create this will, the woman had to speak with more than one lawyer about attesting a document like the one she was preparing. In end, if a person desires to make a bequest like this in Italy, that person might want to consider actually setting up the will that appoints an executor that "will be obliged to ensure a worthy life-long existence of a domestic animal after receiving the right of access to all bequeathed values." In this case, the women appointed her attorney to be the executor.
See Old Italian Lady Bequeaths $2.5 Mln to Her Beloved Dog, RIA Novosti, Oct. 21, 2012.
Special thanks to Brian Cohan (Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Brian J. Cohan, P.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.