Dogs of Miami Heiress Inherit More Than her Own Son (And he's Upset. Huh.)
Three dogs who inherited rights to their deceased owner's $8.3 million Miami Beach mansion and a $3 million trust fund could end up living in a dog house if a lawsuit questioning their inheritance succeeds.
When heiress Gail Posner died in March, she left $26 million to bodyguards, housekeepers, personal trainers and other staff, and tried to ensure her dogs as plush a lifestyle as they'd enjoyed thus far. According to an article in the Wall Street Journal:
A housekeeper and personal assistant, Queen Elizabeth Beckford, would receive $5 million if she agreed to care for Conchita and two other dogs at the mansion "with the same degree of care" they received while Ms. Posner was alive, according to the trust established to distribute Ms. Posner's assets. Ms. Beckford also was given permission to live, rent-free, in Ms. Posner's Miami Beach mansion, along with her mother. Ms. Beckford's daughter, another assistant, received $1 million.
For some reason, her only living human child, son Brett Carr, is a little upset about his share of the spoils: $1 million. It's the same as the housekeeper's daughter. The same amount as each dog, if you divide up their $3 million trust fund by three. He filed a lawsuit last week in probate court.
He claims his mom, a daughter of the corporate takeover artist Victor Posner, was a "deeply distrubed" woman who easily bent during her fight with cancer to a dark plot between a lawyer and her house staff.
If nothing else, she was eccentric. She liked to get publicity for her favorite pampered pooch, a Chihuahua named Conchita. The Journal article said she boasted to the Miami Herald that Conchita's "most precious possession was a Cartier necklace worth $15,000, but the dog choked on it and was refusing to wear it."
"Conchita is the only girl I know who doesn't consider diamonds her best friend," she told the Herald.
In a 2009 interview with a blogger for browardpalmbeach.com, Ms. Posner said Conchita typically accompanied her on lunch dates and then shopping. Ms. Posner said she at one point considered getting the dog her own Range Rover, for transportation to the animal's weekly spa appointments for manicures and pedicures, but Ms. Posner decided to get herself a new car and gave the dog her gold Cadillac Escalade, she told the blogger.
Hmm, what other famous late multi-millionaire dog-lover's situation does this remind you of? Here's a visual hint: