Chihuahua at Center of $29M Estate Battle

Did Gail Posner really love her dog—or was she manipulated?
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 17, 2010 10:36 AM CDT
This is not Gail Posner's chihuahua...but Gail Posner's chihuahua may very well have had a similar outfit.   (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

(Newser) – A dying heiress leaves her $8.3 million mansion and a $3 million trust fund to her chihuahua, so little Conchita can continue to live in the diamond-wearing, spa-going manner to which she is accustomed. Sounds like just another tale of the eccentric rich, right? But Gail Posner's son thinks her household staff—who were left a total of $26 million, while he received just $1 million—are behind the will, which she changed in 2008, and he’s suing to revoke it.

Posner, who died in March, arranged for some staff to continue living rent-free in the mansion, provided they care for Conchita and other pets. But son Bret Carr—who had a sometimes troubled relationship with his mother—thinks the staff drugged Posner and persuaded her to change her will, then convinced her to start promoting Conchita as an extravagantly spoiled dog in order to explain why she was eventually left so much money. The Wall Street Journal has more on Carr’s case and his family’s grim history.

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