Monday, November 14, 2016

The worst kind of law


When I took my Bar Prep class to review for the Bar Exam [way back in the dark ages when dinosaurs roamed the Earth], the professor who taught the class said the worst kind of law was probate.  People, usually family members, fighting over a dead person's money.

I tend to agree with him.

A dachshund with the name Winnie the Pooh received a $100,000 inheritance from his owner when she passed away.  This money was to provide for his care and feeding during his lifetime.  Any remaining balance after he passed away would be donated to a charity.

Sounds a little extravagant, but nothing too oddball.

But apparently, the trustee in charge of reimbursing the dog's new caretaker enjoys having responsibility over $100,000 and is not forking over the money.  So the caretaker sued.

How hard is it to hand over money? Having never pampered a financially independent pup before, I may be missing something, but it seems to me that Hanlon collects receipts for dog food and whatever other odds and ends people give their mongrels and then the estate pays her. That’s just not that hard, is it?”

As the article so eloquently states:  “Just give her the money for her expenses as she incurs them. This is an astoundingly easy problem to fix.”

But apparently it has required a lawsuit to reach the inevitable resolution.  Some people are just way too greedy with other people's money.


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