In re Estate of Sidney Altman

Case. No. BP039093 (2000)

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In re Estate of Sidney Altman

California Superior Court
Case. No. BP039093 (2000)

Facts

Sidney Israel Altman left a holographic will at the time of his death. The will attempted to provide care for Altman’s dog, Samantha, by bequeathing Altman’s home and $350,000 to the animal’s care. Altman appointed his close friend, Marie Dana (plaintiff), to care for Samantha in exchange for living in the house and a $60,000 tax-free salary. Altman also expressed the desire to continue to employ his housekeeper, Rosa Parades, for the house’s upkeep. The executor of Altman’s will, Clive Diamond, was to oversee Dana’s care of Samantha and remove the dog if she was not being sufficiently looked after. Upon Samantha’s death, the house was to be sold and the funds were distributed to animal charities, PETA and Last Chance for Animals. Dana alleged that Altman had promised to take care of her for the remainder of her life prior to his death. Thus, Dana challenged the will and sought the sum of $2.7 million. PETA and Last Chance for Animals filed objections and petitioned for the court to make determinations as to distributions.

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