Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Italian Woman Leaves Entire Estate To Her Dog

ImagesAn elderly Italian woman has bequeathed 2 million euros worth of property to her beloved dog.  Under her will, her dog Kikko will inherit, two apartments, several land estates, and bank accounts.  Italian law does not give recognize the legal concept of bequeathing property to domestic animals, so persons who want to do so have to appoint an executor of their will.  That executor then ensures a worthy life-long existence of the domestic animal after receiving the access to all bequeathed valuables.  In the present case, the woman has appointed her lawyer as the executor of her will. 

See Old Italian Lady Bequeaths $2.5 Mln To Her Beloved Dog, RiaNovosti, Oct. 21, 2012. 

Special thanks to Jim Hillhouse (Professional Legal Marketing (PLM, Inc.)) for bringing this article to my attention.


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