Over the years, there's been legal cases where pets became the sole
beneficiaries of their masters' fortunes. The most famous case in point
is when New York hotel magnate Leona Helmsley
(aka the "Queen of Mean") bequeathed the bulk of her $12 million estate
to her Maltese dog, appropriately named "Trouble -- instead of any of
her relatives. But up till now, a pet's legal rights is a nebulous area
of the law where they literally have no say in legal matters. That was --
until Tommy the chimpanzee . . .