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Breaking News: Millionaire Maltese Loses $10,000,000!

I don't know of any pooches more loaded than lil Trouble, pampered pet of the late Leona Helmsley, but today she suffered a serious paycut . . . of $10 million dollars. Ouch. The Maltese's trust fund was reduced from $12 million to $2 million by Manhattan surrogate court judge Renee Roth, along with New York State’s Attorney General’s Office.

In addition to arguments that Helmsley wasn't mentally competent when she signed her will, it's believed that two million dollars will easily cover Trouble’s "maintenance and welfare at the highest standards of care for more than 10 years, which is more that twice her reasonably anticipated life expectancy.” The doggie currently lives in Florida with Carl Lekic, the general manager of the Helmsley Sandcastle Hotel. Lekic put her annual expenses at around $190,000, including his own $60,000 "guardian fee", $100,000 for ’round-the-clock security, $8,000 for grooming, $3,000 for miscellaneous expenses, $1,200 for food and anywhere from $2,500 to $18,000 for medical care. If there's any leftover, I can think of a few spoiled sweet products she'd love!


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i-am-awesomeness i-am-awesomeness 9 years
And to reply to a previous poster, it was disclosed after her passing that Leona's will WOULD indeed be giving money to charity, at the same time Trouble's inheritance was disclosed. And as nice as it would have been for her to give MORE money to charity, its her money and she worked damn hard for it! She doesn't have any obligation to give her relatives a penny, or charity if she decides not to give relatives money. It's her money and if she wanted to burn it all, that was her prerogative.
i-am-awesomeness i-am-awesomeness 9 years
yeahh who gets the rest of that money?? And I really don't think Leona Helmsley was mentally incapacitated when she decided to will her dog all that money. I believe she had one child and 4 grandchildren, and 2 grandchildren got a small amount of money while the other two got nothing. I think that that is perfectly fair. They're not entitled to get anything just because they're related to Leona Helmsley. And she probably had her reasons for not giving money to the other two-- maybe they dropped out of school, have a drug habit, they're lazy, etc. It seems that dog was there for her whenever she needed someone, and her relatives were just always looking for a handout. She knows more than us and her wishes should have been respected.
caseydog caseydog 9 years
This should help put Trouble in her place. Read what she said when she first inherited the money:
cari047 cari047 9 years
I think its just ridiculous.
freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
DarlingDA - I sort of agree.... but I think it's ten times more selfish to leave MILLIONS of dollars to a dog that could never possibly fully benefit from that amount of money. If you don't want to leave your money to your grandchildren, leave it to charity! There are so many desperately needy people (and animals!) that could really benefit from that money. Not to mention, she created a lot of resentment by doing this and actually put her dog in harm's way (hence the need for $100,000 security). The court system did reallocate the bulk of the money to charity, thankfully. I think the grandchildren only got something like 2 million.
katiekat katiekat 9 years
DarlingDA DarlingDA 9 years
The grandkids, which she specifically disinherited, are greedy little jerks. She left the money to the dog to make a point! I would be furious if my deceased relative's wishes were changed by the court. If I left everything to Ladybird and nothing to my relatives, then I want my will obeyed. Someone that I hated and treated me poorly shouldn't benefit from me.
freegracefrom freegracefrom 9 years
I'm so grateful that my dog's annual expenses aren't $190,000. I was just trying to figure out yesterday how a dog can be so expensive. There was a theory that she eats gourmet dog foot out of a crystal goblet and gets a brand new crystal goblet every time she eats. Hah. As to who gets the rest of the money, I believe a small portion (and by "small", I mean a few million) goes to Helmsley's disinherited grandchildren and the rest will go to charity. Thank goodness the court system intervened.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 9 years
This is really annoying to me. Talk about a huge waste of money...:oy:
Angelica Angelica 9 years
Wow, I have to agree with you pet: I don't know what a dog would do with that money or why he needs it, but that's a serious pay cut. I'd be devastated :)
SofyasDad SofyasDad 9 years
Who gets the rest of that money!
K-is-For-Kait K-is-For-Kait 9 years
Good to know that a dog's inheritance paycut is more money than I will ever see in my entire lifetime!
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