Creative Will Provisions: Protecting House Plants


Most individuals draft a will to protect their children, create a mechanism to transfer assets or make charitable contributions. I recently came across a news story in which a woman included specific provisions in her will for her 42-year old house plant. The Pittsburgh woman realized that her beloved philodendron would outlive her and she needed to ensure it was provided for. Thus Ms. Scoratow included a provision in her will which granted a friend $5,000.00 to use in caring for her plant. Unfortunately, while Ms. Scoratow owns many plants, this was the only plant she provided for, stating: “I don’t have the same love with them. I don’t know how to explain it. I don’t want to be cold or anything.”

While I have reviewed pet trusts and other provisions to provide for loved ones, this is a first regarding the care of house plants. This story illustrates the creative power of estate planning and how individuals and attorneys can establish innovative means for carrying out a client’s wishes.

I wish you all the best,

Josh Robbins

Of Counsel

Scafidi, Juliano & Hurd, LLP

310 Washington Street, Suite 201

Wellesley, Massachusetts 02481

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