Alimony (Ali) The Jurisprudent Cat!

Eleanor Alter is a wonderful lady and friend who got three Scottish Fold Kittens from us. Eleanor is in love with the Folds and tells everyone she knows that they too should have one. Eleanor was at a convention and was so convincing about her love for her cats that her friend, Ken Lester called us to inquire about getting one for himself. We wanted Ken to have a really special cat so the journey began. We started sending pictures and personality descriptions of Scottish Fold Kittens over the course of eight months, until one day Ken said 'this is the one'. We had sent a picture of a beautiful little Blue Plush Coat Scottish Fold boy. Ken is a divorce attorney and so he named the little guy 'Ali' which is short for Alimony and is one of our favorite cat names ever! These are a couple of Ken's emails to us after his new little friend arrived.

Dear Caprice & David;

Ali is wonderful and continues to grow and mature. He has become an associate in the law firm and maybe next year he will become a partner. Everything Caprice told me about him is true. Everyone in the office loves him and pays at least one visit each day to spend time with Ali.

My main paralegal Karen (been with me 16 years) gets to keep Ali one hour each day in her office.

I will be sending pictures soon. People and clients no longer ask for me. They want to know how Ali is doing.

I want to thank both of you for the part you played in helping me to get this special cat. Sure does make life interesting at the office.

Ken Lester

Dear Caprice and David;

Ali has adjusted to living in my law office and he is now asking to become a partner. It has been very interesting the impact that he has made on my clients. When they come into the office many times they are nervous and upset. Ali usually sits on the top of my desk and checks out the clients. They usually talk to him, and petting Ali relaxes them. He then just sits or lies down on the desk while we conduct our business. He has really been an asset in helping clients to feel comfortable in my law office.

When I go on vacation or a business trip my staff takes turns taking Ali home with them for visitation.

I just wanted you both to know that we have provided a great home for Ali and we all love him very much. Ali is the BEST cat I have ever owned or known. He also now greets clients at the front door and sits in on all my meetings!!! My clients always ask for Ali when he is not present when they arrive.

Just an update - Ali is now one year old. and we made him a partner in the law firm of Lester & Jones. When I have a new client he comes into my office and gets on my desk and checks out the new client. The client must pass Ali's inspection before we take their case. They all love him and when they call they always ask about Ali. He does his best to help in the negotiations and gets rid of the tension.

Ken Lester
Columbia, South Carolina

Ken Lester - Photo taken by Eleanor Alter at a meeting of divorce attorneys (Scottish Fold Lovers All). Marsha was there too!

This is a January 2006 update.

Been a lot of changes in 2005. The big change for Ali was our move to a new office. I took Ali over to the new office three or four times before we moved and the week we moved Ali stayed at one of the homes of a staff person. Ali adjusted to the new office nicely.

Ali now wants to be the senior partner in the law firm and I have tried to explain to him that I am the senior partner. He can't understand why I am the senior partner as all of our clients ask for him before they ask for me. When we moved to our new office at 1901 Gadsden Street here in Columbia, South Carolina it took Ali a few weeks to adjust to the new office, but he loves it because we have a lot of windows. He gets to look out of the windows and follow all the action going on outside.

The law firm is now known as the Ken H. Lester Law Firm since my partner Dottie Mobley Jones was elected to the South Carolina family court bench and is now Judge Jones. My brother-in-law Jay Vinson is also a South Carolina family court Judge. Ali thinks he is really something now that he now has a personal relationship with Judge Jones and Judge Vinson.

We also learned from Elinor Alter that Ali got some Cat Videos as presents for the holidays. Ali sits in his chair and actually watches his videos to everyone's delight! Ali is one GREAT CAT! We are so proud of you!