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Heiress Gail Posner Leaves Fortune to Chihuahua

By Kamika Dunlap on June 21, 2010 1:07 PM

It's Bret vs. Conchita in a battle in battle over control of the family fortune.

A Chihuahua named Conchita was left millions of dollars by Heiress Gail Posner and her son Bret Carr is now fighting for his share of his mother's multimillion-dollar estate, the Miami Herald reports.

Gail Posner's pooch was left with a $3 million trust fund and an $8.3 million Miami Beach mansion. Her bodyguards, handlers, housekeepers and a personal trainer received 27 million. Posner's son Bret Carr was only left a million dollars and now has launched a legal battle over his mother's estate.

In general, an estate consists of all property owned by you at the time of your death, including:

  • Real estate
  • Bank accounts
  • Stocks and other securities
  • Life insurance policies
  • Personal property such as automobiles, jewelry, and artwork

Gail Posner, 67, a Miami socialite died from cancer earlier this year. Now, her son has filed a lawsuit against the estate, claiming his mother's staff drugged and brainwashed her into signing over the biggest chunk of her holdings to them and her pets including her Chihuahua Conchita.

Carr said he and his mother had an up and down relationship that was at its best when she was in the "sober phase'' of her life.

Typically, estate planning is one of the most important steps any person can take to make sure that their final property and health care wishes are honored, and that loved ones are provided for in their absence. Though often overlooked or put off in favor of more immediate concerns, a comprehensive estate plan can resolve a number of legal questions that arise whenever anyone dies.

In 2007, Gail Posner hired a publicist for Conchita, who she billed as the world's most spoiled dog. Gail Posner told The Miami Herald in 2007 about Conchita's $12,000 summer wardrobe and a $15,000 Cartier necklace.

Carr's suit charges that her employees took advantage of that, gradually preventing Carr from talking to his mother and keeping him from visiting her Miami Beach home.

In the end however, it will be left up to the courts to decide if Gail Posner knew what she was doing when she signed her will.

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