Relatives of Heiress Huguette Clark Challenge Will, Seeking Share of $300M Estate

Posted: Aug. 16th, 2013  |  By DailyLuxe News

Estate of Huguette M. Clark

Here is a "what are humans really interested in" story that won't leave you with that warm and fuzzy feeling.  

Huguette Clark died in May 2011 at the age of 104. Ms. Clark was the youngest daughter of Senator William A. Clark.  The late senator of the state of Montana was a cooper mogul that left her a fortune worth more than $300 million at the time of her death.

Ms. Clark left most of her fortune to a charitable foundation and stated that she did not want any money to going to remote relatives she hardly knew.  While no family members attended her funeral, 19 of them are challenging her will with the assistance 60 attorneys. Fourteen of the 19 family members challenging the will have not spoken to Ms. Clark since 1957.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is among those fighting on behalf of the original will to protect the interest of the charities. The other beneficiaries include a hospital, Clark's multimillionaire private-duty registered nurse, a goddaughter, attorney, accountant, doctor, and several employees, NBC News reports.

Settlement talks are in progress and a trial is scheduled for September 17.

These relatives are descendants from Clark's father's first marriage, the closest to her being half grandnieces and grandnephews. Her will says, "I intentionally make no provision ... for any members of my family ... having had minimal contacts with them over the years."