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

(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.

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Aug 19, 2013 2:24 PM CDT
If she wanted the money to go to charity and the nurses who took care of her - that is where the money should go. Forget about the "relatives" who did not have time for her when she was alive!
Aug 17, 2013 10:38 AM CDT
Amazing how all the "friends" and family show up "after" the will is read but couldn't be bothered while she was alive.... leaches.. They must have learned from the democratic party.
Aug 16, 2013 8:22 PM CDT
With 60 attorneys involved there won't be much left to divvy up for the relatives