Conchita has been called "one of the world's most spoiled dogs." She has a wardrobe for all four seasons (despite the fact that she lives in Miami), a $15,000 diamond necklace, a gold Cadillac Escalade, and, since the death of her owner, Gail Posner — the daughter of hostile-takeover king Victor — the run of a seven-bedroom, $8.3 million mansion complete with a full staff and a $3 million trust fund, all of which is being hotly contested by her human brother, screenwriter Brett Carr, who was left a comparatively paltry $1 million in his mother's will.
He filed a lawsuit against his mother's staff and advisers this week, alleging they drugged her and coerced her into favoring the dog so that they could benefit. He probably has a case, an unfortunately named pundit tells The Wall Street Journal:
It's too early to predict the outcome of the case. But Ray Madoff, a Boston College law professor and co-author of an estate-planning guide, says wills that leave little or nothing to legitimate heirs but millions to caretakers are usually thrown out by courts, as likely to have been written with "undue influence" by the caretakers.
The Journal itself, however, seems to be in Conchita's corner. They would never have given her her own stipple portrait unless they thought she was a player.
Little Dog, Large Estate [WSJ]