Relatives of Heiress Near Deal to Get Share of $300M

But settlement talks could collapse before Huguette Clark case goes to trial

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 16, 2013 8:12 AM CDT

(Newser) – It looks like the distant relatives of a reclusive heiress may get a chunk of her estate after all. NBC reports that settlement talks are under way over the more than $300 million left behind by the reclusive Huguette Clark, daughter of a copper magnate. Of course, given that 60 attorneys are involved, it's also possible the talks will fall through and the case will go to trial as scheduled next month.

Clark specifically stated in her will that she didn't want any money to go to far-flung relatives she barely knew, but 19 have challenged the will in court. Most never met her in person—in fact, the Daily Mail notes that only funeral home employees were present at her burial. As it stands, Clark left her fortune mostly to charity, though her longtime nurse and other employees were included. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is among those fighting on behalf of the original will, to protect the interests of the charities.

A 1930 photo of Huguette Clark, daughter of the late copper magnate Sen. William A. Clark of Montana.
A 1930 photo of Huguette Clark, daughter of the late copper magnate Sen. William A. Clark of Montana.   (AP Photo/File)
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