Two cats are each enjoying their nine lives in the lap of luxury, thanks to their deceased owner, who left his entire estate to his fluffy friends.
Leon Sheppard Sr., a retired businessman and Memphis, Tennessee, native who died in 2012, has five children, 12 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. However, in his will, he left his $250,000 fortune and 4,270-square-foot home in a gated community to his two cats, Frisco and Jake.
According to Memphis station WMC-TV, the cats are to live in the Sheppard home in a way that maintains their standard of living, and the $250,000 will be used for their care as well as the maintenance of the house. After Frisco dies (his age isn't known, but according to WMC-TV, he’s "old"), the remainder of the money will be divided among Sheppard’s relatives, with the understanding that Jake will be cared for.
It's unclear how Sheppard's family feels about the will; however, the local news reporter noted that they do not wish to comment.
“People donate to animal hospitals and charities all the time; the only difference is that Mr. Sheppard's estate is going to specific animals," Randall Fishman, a Memphis-based attorney, tells Yahoo Shine. "The amount seems exorbitant, but it’s Mr. Sheppard’s money, so he decides how it’s allocated.”
In the state of Tennessee, as long as a person is of "sound mind and disposing memory" when he or she drafted a will, its terms become pretty ironclad. “Executors are put in place to ensure that the person's requests are carried out and it would be pretty difficult to contest a will unless a family member had compelling evidence that the person wasn’t competent at the time he created it,” says Fishman.