Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

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

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Woman Provides for Potted Plant in Her Will

Tree-philodendronA Pittsburgh woman has included a provision in her will that will provide for her 42-year-old house plant, a lacy tree philodendron. After realizing that her beloved plant will live longer than she will, Ronna Scoratow felt the need to provide for the continued care of the plant after she is gone. She has no children or family that share her love of the plant. Her will leaves $5,000 to a friend to take care of the philodendron, which stands seven feet tall.

See, James R. Hagerty, A Woman’s Will Provides Funds for Trusty Houseplant Upon Her Death, The Wall Street Journal, May 4, 2014.

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


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