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Cat Inherits 10 Million Euros Cash, Shares, and Property In Italy

     
4:39 pm on Dec 12, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Cat Inherits 10 Million Euros Cash, Shares, and Property In Italy [telegraph.co.uk]
Four-year-old Tommaso, who was saved from a hardscrabble existence on the mean streets of Rome, Italy, as a kitten, is now the proud owner of cash, shares and a property empire which includes flats and houses in Rome and Milan and land in Calabria.

Tommaso went from flea-bitten alley cat to "pussy galore" after being rescued by a lonely old lady, named only as Maria Assunta, who was married to a property tycoon but widowed at an early age. The couple had no children.

She became besotted with her pet but as her health began to fail, feared for his future.

So in November 2009 she wrote out a will in which she bequeathed her "entire estate" to the unknowing Tommaso.




Tommaso now lives with his new owner and another cat in a house outside Rome. The address is being kept a secret, out of fears that the newly-enriched moggy will be besieged by fortune hunters and con men.


hehe

Don't you just love the eccentricity of Maria Assunta?
5:00 pm on Dec 12, 2011 (gmt 0)

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I love the luck of Tommaso myself.

Here kitty kitty...
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:: quick anxious look around the room to make sure no cat is reading over my shoulder ::

I hope Tom has been neutered, or there will be some interesting paternity suits coming up.
6:05 pm on Dec 12, 2011 (gmt 0)

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There appears to be no family to contest this. Unless, Tommaso has already been prolific.
6:31 pm on Dec 12, 2011 (gmt 0)

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newly-enriched moggy will be besieged by fortune hunters and con men.


You can't con a cat. Trust me on that one.
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You can't con a cat. Trust me on that one.


That's not true, cats are easy to con.

I used to con my cat into falling off the end of the sofa while standing on the very end of the sofa and stretching hard to swat at the laser pointer dot on the wall.

It was just like Lucy, Charlie Brown and that football, ever single time.
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the cat obviously bumped off the old woman to get his hands on her money. i dont trust cats, and this is why. they always look a bit shifty
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What happens when the cat dies, either through inactivity and over consumption, or he decides this extravagant lifestyle is not for him and tops himself.

Who knows his wishes to write his will and how will he sign it anyway? The old dear obviously never though this through, she should have created some sort of trust which owns everything but is dedicated to keeping the creature alive, in good health and luxury for the few years the poor beast has left, then after his demise the trust can transfer the assets to whoever the lady wished it to go to. If she has no friends or relatives she could bequeath it to the Italian government, I understand they could do with a few bob at the moment.
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The trust fund / estate, lawyers will make sure that almost all the money goes in their "administration fees" and their "expenses"..after all, they "advised" her on the will..
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Technically it's got to be a trust fund already. Last time I looked, cats couldn't own property. Not even in Italy. In most places, domestic animals are themselves property.

Besides, he's almost certainly a minor. Under 18, that is.
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Besides, he's almost certainly a minor. Under 18, that is.


Not in cat years.