In China, an elderly woman has decided to leave her $2.8 million fortune to her cats and dogs instead of her adult children, citing the lack of travel she will have in her old age. Identified as Ms Liu, from Shanghai, she changed her will because she felt neglected by her adult children, while her pets provided her with ‘companionship and comfort’. .
The legacy is now administered by a local veterinary clinic because of legal barriers that prohibit direct bequests of animals in China. South China Morning PostReferring to Zonglan News. Ms Liu expressed her desire to leave all her property to her pets, but this is not legally permissible in the country. Additionally, she was reportedly angry at not being able to visit her children despite being ill.
Ms. Liu’s specific age is still unclear, as news reports only described her as an “elderly” woman.
Chen Kai, an official at the country’s will registration center in Beijing, told the outlet that “there are alternatives to solve this problem”.
He added, “Lev’s current will is one way, and we would advise her to appoint someone she trusts to oversee the vet clinic to ensure that the pets Adequate care should be taken.”
Another agency official said they had informed Ms Liu of the dangers of putting all her money in the hands of the veterinary clinic.
“We told Aunty Leo that if her children change their attitude towards her, she can always change her will again,” the official said.
Reportedly, the story has sparked online discussions about family dynamics and inheritance practices in China.
“How disappointed and heartbroken she must be to decide to leave nothing for her children,” one user wrote.
“Well done, if my daughter misbehaves with me in future I will also leave my home for others,” said another.
Meanwhile, this isn’t the first time pets have benefited from a generous inheritance.
In 2020, a wealthy Tennessee businessman left US$5 million to his eight-year-old border collie, Lulu, the New York Post reported.
And British fashion designer Alexander McQueen, who died in 2010, famously left $97,000 of his $31 million fortune to his beloved dogs, Minter, Jose and Callum.