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Trusts & Estates

Court fight over reclusive heiress Huguette Clark’s $300 million estate ends

Sep 27, 2013, 10:15 pm CDT


She really should have been given a lot more money than that, to offset the burden of being known as "Huguette" her entire life. Wealthy parents can be so cruel.

By B. McLeod on 2013 09 27, 10:49 pm CDT

The overall outcome comes as no surprise. The surest way to disinherit relatives is to give your money to non-profits. They rarely lose this kind of contest. But I don't understand why the relatives issued such a triumphal press release. If 20 of them have to share $34.5 million (or about $1.5 million apiece), and the long time nurse gets to keep $24 of the $30 million she was given, it sounds as if the person "entrusted with the care of the elderly" won that battle. The $1 million retrieved from the lawyer and accountant are small change in an estate of this size.

By Pushkin on 2013 09 28, 12:57 pm CDT

Well I don't think I would equate this whole situation to those who won and lost based on the amount of money they have gotten from a dead relative.

We don't know what sort of abuse the nurse had to put up with in a day to day dealings. So maybe she earned every penny of it.

At a million dollars or so each for the relatives may be a winning number depending on the price they put on their piece of mind in the whole situation. We simply don't know all the details. And as you well know the devil is in the details.

By concernedcitizen on 2013 09 29, 6:54 am CDT

@ 3 Presumably the nurse received a salary for putting up with the "abuse . . . of day to day dealings." When 20 relatives collectively come away with a tenth of the estate, and the nurse does almost as well as that by herself, the relatives lost. You can't change a loss to a win by having low expectations.

By Pushkin on 2013 09 29, 12:55 pm CDT

It is impossible to assess the sums the relatives came away with in any intelligent manenr without having a sense of who the relatives were, their relationship with the deceased, etc. Many folks have relatives they have not seen in years, don't care about or may not even know.

By Old Lawyer on 2013 09 30, 3:11 pm CDT

@Old Lawyer #5 - exactly. The article actually says "distant" relatives at one point. If they're getting $1.5 million each (plus their attorneys fees PAID for them) that sounds like a pretty sweet deal for people who may not have even known her, or only knew her distantly.

By RecentGrad on 2013 10 01, 9:14 pm CDT

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