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Two Cats Inherit $250K, Home In Owner’s Will

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (CBS Charlotte) – A man gave his entire estate to his two cats instead of his family.

Leon Sheppard Sr. left behind a 4,270-square-foot house and $250,000 for his two cats, Frisco and Jake.  His will outlines that the money is to care for his cats and the maintenance of the home.

“If their owner sees fit, they can create a trust for the welfare and benefit of the cats and their care,” attorney Randy Fishman said to WSMV.

Fishman, who has practiced law for almost 35 years, explains that this is a rare case.

“I don’t know [if] I’ve ever come across one,” Fishman said.

According to WSMV, Sheppard’s daughter said the family did not want to talk about it,  but neighbors of the man said he loved his cats.

The family could see some money from the estate eventually.  When Frisco dies, whatever is left of the estate including the home can be passed to Sheppard’s human heirs, but Jake must be cared for still, according to the will. However, the heirs will be allowed to move Jake out of the home.

The attorney told the tv-station that the will is legal.

Sheppard was president of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1529 before he retired, WSMV reported.

He died at the age of 79.

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