Huguette Clark, a New york city heiress with an estate valued at more than $400 million, died in 2015 just shy of her 105th birthday. A Last Will and Testament performed by Clark in May of 2005 was participated in probate shortly after her death.
The Will left absolutely nothing to Clark’s family, instead her estate was left to her long-time personal nurse, a museum to be produced out of her California estate and a few other non-family members. Not long after the very first Will was produced, a second Will emerged– this one executed simply 6 weeks prior to the very first Will. The most current Will wins in a battle of the Wills? Not all the time.
Clark’s fortune is the result of being the only making it through kid of an industrialist who made his fortune at the turn of the 19th century as well as acting as a U.S. Senator. Clark was a divorcee and never had kids. Clark’s extended family contends that Clark’s intent was always to keep the family fortune within the household. In support of this, the family points not only to the Will Clark executed just weeks prior to the one produced for probate, however likewise to other Wills carried out by Clark throughout her lifetime.
Clark was a recluse, by any meaning. Regardless of owning estates in both New York and California, in addition to remaining in relatively health, Clark lived in a medical facility in New York for the last 20 years. Clark appeared to have actually had extremely little contact with any of her member of the family. Whether Clark’s seclusion was of her own choosing, or as an outcome of excessive impact by non-family members close to Clark, will be a concern for the probate court to decide.
If the court decides that the most current Will was performed under duress or as a result of excessive impact by those close to Clark, then the court will state the Will to be void which might then result in reinstatement of the 2nd Will– leaving everything to Clark’s household.