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Tiger King #2: Enduring Powers of Attorney (a cautionary tale)

Enduring powers of attorney are an important planning tool and are essential to ensuring that one's affairs are properly managed in the event you become incapable. However, you need to be very careful when granting such wide ranging authority to another person, since you may end up at their mercy. This may have been the case in the recent documentary series "Tiger King", wherein Carole Baskin (the operator of Big Cat Rescue in Florida) ended up in possession of a power of attorney over her first husband, Don Lewis. The documentary series explores allegations that Carole Baskin murdered Don Lewis (then fed him to her tigers, perhaps after covering him in sardine oil to make his dismembered corpse more appetizing) and then utilized her power of attorney to assert control over his assets and estate in his absence.

Tiger King: An Estate Planning Nightmare!

If you have been (binge) watching "Tiger King" like us, a new Netflix documentary series, you are no doubt aware of the allegation that Carole Baskin (the operator of Big Cat Rescue in Florida) murdered her first husband, Don Lewis, and fed him to her tigers. Joe Exotic, the now-imprisoned "Tiger King" himself, theorizes that she did this to gain control of his substantial assets and take over their shared tiger sanctuary. Not exactly a credible source, but an interesting theory nonetheless.