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Cat Charities in Inheritance Battle with Disinherited Daughters Over $440,000 Estate

Cat Charities in Inheritance Battle with Disinherited Daughters Over $440,000 Estate

By on Oct 23, 2015 in Cat Charities, Inheritance Battle, Law |

When 81 year old Terrence Kunky died in August 2014, it is hard to say whether he anticipated the long legal struggle that would be caused by his decision to disinherit his two daughters and leave animal charities as beneficiaries in his will. Now, over a year after his passing, the Panhandle Animal Welfare Society, better known as PAWS, and Save Our Cats and Kittens, AKA SOCKS, have come together in court with the help of attorney Jill Crew, to try and break the deadlock in the release of funds bequeathed to them by Kunky.

A Lengthy Battle for Kunky’s Estate

downloadTerrence Kunky had two daughters, Kimberley Huggins and Kelli Lee Brown (who has also been known as Kelli Lee Lowery). Both daughters were specifically excluded from Kunky’s inheritance in his will, with his money instead being divided between PAWS, Socks, and another charity called Covenant Hospice. Kimberley Huggins has been fighting to gain control of the estate, reasoning that Kunky was suffering from dementia when the will was created. However, both the attorney who oversaw the will and Terrence Kunky’s physician rejected this, stating that Kunky did not suffer from dementia.

Under pressure from the lawyers representing SOCKS and PAWS following this, the family of the late Terrence Kunky agreed to hand over the money that was left to the two charities in the form of US savings bonds, however this transaction never took place. The family and their attorney Richard Sherrill have since attempted to exclude PAWs and SOCKS as beneficiaries.

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What PAWS and SOCKS Are Trying To Achieve

Dog-and-cat-01Given that this case is still in progress, the attorney for the children of Terrence Kunky has declined to talk about the details of the case. Jill Crew, who is representing SOCKS and PAWS has also been unavailable for press comments however is currently trying to get the bonds in question turned over to the animal charities immediately, as well as have sanctions issued against Huggins and the rest of the family, who she seeks to have cover her own costs and the fees that the charities have had to pay to a certified public accountant.

While the sum in question is a large one – $440,000 – the charities and their attorney believe they are very much entitled to receive the money as it was legitimately and knowingly left to them in Kunky’s will.

It is not uncommon for people to leave money to charities when they die, particularly if they have no living heirs or have reason not to want their relatives to have their money after they die. Charities are able to put this money to good use and therefore many people see this as a way to allow the money they gained during their lifetime to leave behind a legacy for them. Of course, family members who have been disinherited tend to see this as something of an injustice, so it is not unusual for charities to have to use lawyers to actually get the money they were rightfully bequeathed.

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