But the Helmsley trustees, who include her brother and two of her four grandchildren, had sought the ruling from Manhattan Surrogate Court Justice Troy Webber after reports that the funds would be applied only to dog-related charities.
The luxury-hotel queen, who died in 2007 at age 87, made headlines when she left $12 million in her will to her dog Trouble, while freezing out two grandchildren. Last year a judge cut Trouble’s trust fund down to $2 million, while providing $6 million to her two disowned grandchildren.
Trouble, a tiny Maltese, was known to dine on grilled fish and vegetables when she lived the highlife with Ms. Helmsley on
In addition to legal expenses, the dog’s handler says Trouble’s annual expenses total about $300,000, including around-the-clock protection that costs about $210,000 a year.
Just a hunch, but I’m willing to wager a year’s salary that ol’ Trouble’s caretaker won’t let nary a hair on that little pooch’s head be disturbed, lest he risk losing that $300,000 per year gig. – Greg Henderson, Drovers editor.