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Old 08-29-2007, 12:09 PM   #1
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Leona Helmsley's Dog Gets $12 Million in Will

Helmsley's Dog Gets $12 Million in Will
By Associated Press
3 hours ago


NEW YORK - Leona Helmsley's dog will continue to live an opulent life, and then be buried alongside her in a mausoleum. But two of Helmsley's grandchildren got nothing from the late luxury hotelier and real estate billionaire's estate.

Helmsley left her beloved white Maltese, named Trouble, a $12 million trust fund, according to her will, which was made public Tuesday in surrogate court.

She also left millions for her brother, Alvin Rosenthal, who was named to care for Trouble in her absence, as well as two of four grandchildren from her late son Jay Panzirer _ so long as they visit their father's grave site once each calendar year.

Otherwise, she wrote, neither will get a penny of the $5 million she left for each.

Helmsley left nothing to two of Jay Panzirer's other children _ Craig and Meegan Panzirer _ for "reasons that are known to them," she wrote.

But no one made out better than Trouble, who once appeared in ads for the Helmsley Hotels, and lived up to her name by biting a housekeeper.

"I direct that when my dog, Trouble, dies, her remains shall be buried next to my remains in the Helmsley mausoleum," Helmsley wrote in her will.

The mausoleum, she ordered, must be "washed or steam-cleaned at least once a year." She left behind $3 million for the upkeep of her final resting place in Westchester County, where she is buried with her husband, Harry Helmsley.

She also left her chauffeur, Nicholas Celea, $100,000.

She ordered that cash from sales of the Helmsley's residences and belongings, reported to be worth billions, be sold and that the money be given to the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.

Her longtime spokesman, Howard Rubenstein, had no comment.

Helmsley died earlier this month at her Connecticut home. She became known as a symbol of 1980s greed and earned the nickname "the Queen of Mean" after her 1988 indictment and subsequent conviction for tax evasion. One employee had quoted her as snarling, "Only the little people pay taxes."
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She's gotta be kidding !!

She leaves more to her dog ... than to her chauffer or 2 other grandchildren ??

And what happens to any remaining part of that $12 mil ... once the dog dies ??
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Mean to the End. Satan is gonna have fun with this mean bitch.
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I think it's pretty funny actually...

In a sad "the world is pretty fucked up" kinda way that is...
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The hell?
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That's really amusing and also kind of sad..
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Ah, Trouble Helmsley. I've heard that name before.

A few years ago, my sister was interning at the Helen Keller School for the blind and deaf. Leona Helmsley was there one day to make a big donation. My sister sent me this hilarious e-mail about how Helmsley carried this little white dog with her everywhere.

The part I remember the most was about Helmsley giving a speech and saying the donation was in the name of herself, her late husband and - to quote my sister - "you guessed it, the dog! 'Trouble' Helmsley."

So maybe the dog can now use his $12 million to continue his charitable work .
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And what happens to any remaining part of that $12 mil ... once the dog dies ??
The money was left in trust for the dog, so any leftovers would be covered by trust provisions (might default to her estate, etc).
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It was her money -- she could, should, and did, do with it whatever she pleased.


I would love to know what Craig and Meegan Panzirer did (or didn't do) though.
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The money was left in trust for the dog, so any leftovers would be covered by trust provisions (might default to her estate, etc).
I wonder if any of that money would go to brother Alvin (instead of her estate) upon Trouble's death ??

Afterall, Alvin is the one who took care of the dog in Leona's absence.

He's probably still taking care of him now.

So I guess the big Q is ... Will brother Alvin keep Trouble healthy, let alone, alive ??
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I heard this on the news today and it made me chuckle.. but it is pretty horrid as well.

What a wonderful world it is
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It was her money -- she could, should, and did, do with it whatever she pleased.
Agreed, but thats ridiculous, give the maltese to the person who has cared for the dog when she wasnt there and give the 12 mil to that guy..
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I read this on TMZ today and it just made me kind of ill. Her dog?!!! Why not a worthwhile cause that could really benefit from the money. We know how many HIV patients in Africa this would save, how many mouths the money left that dog would feed. Ugh things like this just really grate my nerves.
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I can understand making sure that your dog is taken care of.
But 12 million could have done a whole lotta good somewhere else.
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