The pampered pooch that will inherit a house!

User Written by Cindy-Marie Leicester on March 10, 2015.

The pampered pooch that will inherit a house!

They say every dog has its day and the grandly named Maltese, Bella Mia, certainly had hers on her third birthday when her owner, accountant Rose Ann Bolsany, bequeathed the animal her house on her death, favouring the dog over her two sons.

It’s far from a dog’s life for this pampered pooch who feasts on fillet steak and has her own diamond and pearl jewellery, not to mention a wardrobe to rival Anna Wintour’s with 1,000 designer outfits worth up to £600 each including ball gowns, hats and jumpsuits for smart days, or pyjamas, onesies and a pair of doggy Ugg boots for dressing down! Bolsany reputedly spends (some might say squanders!) an unbelievable £65,000 on Bella Mia per year to enable her to maintain her luxury lifestyle, and she doesn’t intend it to stop if she and her husband die.

Bolsany believes that should anything happen to her, Bella Mia will be able to live out her days in the manner to which she has become accustomed with an inheritance of not just one of her mistress’s homes but also a share in a trust fund set up for her sons. Although their mother claims that they are quite comfortable with her decision and don’t need the money, one can imagine that they are as sick as dogs at having to share their inheritance with a mutt, even one as elegant as Bella Mia.

Maybe they won’t have to. In the UK, a gift to care for a pet is a 'trust of imperfect obligation' and no-one can be forced to carry out the deceased wishes. That means that Bella Mia could still find herself in the dog house. Aside from this issue, using a trust is a very expensive way to provide for a pet and there is time limit on how long it can exist. The Indeed, even bequeathed gifts conditional on caring for Bella Mia for the rest of her natural life can fail if the animal lives longer than expected or dies the day after her beloved mistress - the beneficiary either pays more or keeps the residual gift.

Providing for pets on your death can be a lottery, but for some people it is a necessity. And I guess if you are bonkers enough to spend £65,000 per year on your pooch, you’re one of those people.

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