Monday, June 18, 2012
The court-appointed official who is overseeing Huguette Clark’s estate is requesting the return of gifts to Clark’s nurse and to her doctor’s family. The official claims that the recipients manipulated the heiress to bequeath up to $28 million and $3 million, respectively. The official is also trying to reclaim a $6 million painting from one of the hospitals that Clark lived in, and $250,000 from an art gallery in Washington.
In response to these requests, the court will attempt to look back at the intentions and mental state of the 104-year-old heiress who died last year. The court will try to find out whether her gifts were motivated by gratitude or whether she was manipulated – it will also examine the advice of her lawyer and accountant. The public administrator claims that the recipients of these gifts persuaded Clark to give the gifts when she was suffering physically and mentally. The recipients claim that Clark gave them gifts freely and knowingly.
There is a separate battle brewing over what will become of Clark’s fortune. She signed one will in April 2005 and then another will sex weeks earlier. The latest will gave most of her money to charity and over $30 million to her private nurse. The will signed six weeks before that divided her estate between 20 great-nieces and great-nephews. Those family members are challenging the latest will.
See Court Official Tries to Reclaim Millions in Gifts For Estate of Reclusive Heiress, The Guardian, June 17, 2012.