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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Huguette Clark Deemed Insane By Executors


Huguette Clark, a famous heiress and philanthropist, spent the last twenty years of her life living in a hospital room rather than her art filled mansions.  Nearly eight months after Ms. Clark’s twenty distant relatives won a $34.5 million settlement in a will contest, executors of Ms. Clark’s estate now seek the return of $105 million in gifts she gave to doctors and employers in the last decade of her life.   Executors argue Ms. Clark was “insane,” and must prove she did not have a lucid episode from age 84 until she died in 2011.  This is the first time executors have claimed insanity, which has been deemed “a measure of their desperation” by Beth Israel Hospital.  However, the attorney for the executors says the phrase “insanity toll” is “outdated and today simply means he has to show that Clark was ‘incapacitated.’”

See Julia Marsh, Executors of Huguette Clark’s Estate Claim She Was Insane, New York Post, May 19, 2014

Special thanks to Brian Cohan (Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Brian J. Cohan, P.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.


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