A recently deceased Tennessee man left the entirety of his estate to his two pet cats, Frisco and Jake.
Leon Sheppard Sr.’s cats are the lucky beneficiaries of their benevolent owner’s will.
The kitties inherited $250,000 cash and a 4,270-square-foot house in a gated community. Additionally, Mr. Sheppard’s will stipulates that the money is to be used for the upkeep of the house and his pets.
Upon Frisco the cat’s death, the house and whatever money is left will pass to Mr. Sheppard’s human next of kin. However, should Jake survive Frisco, said kin are required to care for him for the remainder of his life, although they will be allowed to move him out of the house.
An attorney told WMC-TV that the will is perfectly legal. Neighbors told local reporters that Mr. Sheppard loved Frisco and Jake. His relatives had no comment. (Meow!)
…."If their owner sees fit, they can create a trust for the welfare and benefit of the cats and their care," said attorney Randy Fishman, who has practiced law for almost 35 years. He says it is rare, but it's not unheard of, as New York hotel heiress Leona Helmsley left $12 million for the care of her dog, Trouble.