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

Monday, August 19, 2013

Huguette Clark Case Set For Trial

ClarkAs I have previously discussed, heiress, Huguette Clark, died Tuesday, May 24, at the age of 104. Clark was the daughter of William Andrews Clark, a business man who had made a fortune in mining. Clark’s will was filed with a Manhattan court, allowing the world to see where Clark’s estimated $300 million estate will go.

With only a month before trial, the attorneys have already begun to negotiate the division of the estate among distant relatives (most of whom Clark had never met), even though her will stated specifically that none of her money should be distributed to her relatives. It is unclear that a negotiation will be reached between the 60 different attorneys.The trial is set for September 17 in Surrogate's Court in Manhattan. 

See Deal Would Give Millions From Clark Estate to Distant Relatives, Montana Standard,  Aug. 17, 2013.

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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I believe her relatives should get a share of her estate because it was her father, not her, who made most of the money in the estate. It is wrong to disinherit children from a previous marriage, and for that reason they should inherit what was her father's part of the estate. The remaining part of the estate should go to who ever Hugette wanted to recieve it.

Posted by: cbinatl | Sep 10, 2013 9:15:45 AM

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