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Possible heir to $300 million Huguette Clark estate dies homeless

About a year ago, we discussed the estate of the reclusive millionaire heiress Huguette Clark. At that time we discussed a problem with her estate. When Clark died, she apparently had two contradictory wills in place. The two wills were drafted within a relatively close period of time, both shortly before Clark's death. The eccentric billionaire died at age 104 in New York.

Clark's marriage was short, and she had no children. According to the terms of her first will, the beneficiaries of her estate were to be her family, which upon her death included only some distant relatives, many of whom never even realized that they had been related to Clark.

In the second will, those relatives are left out. Instead, several employees -- including her advisors -- were left substantial portions of her assets. However, there are allegations that Clark's trusted advisors took advantage of their position of trust and influenced Clark to write the second will in order to benefit themselves.

Clark's relatives, distant as they may be, have initiated a will contest in order to determine whether any undue influence was used when the second will was drafted. If there was, the second will would be overturned and they could stand to inherit the entire estate.

Recently, it was reported that a distant relative and potential heir, Clark's half great-nephew, was found dead in Wyoming. Tragically, despite the $19 million portion of the estate he may have been entitled to, he died, homeless, of hypothermia. He leaves no heirs.

Source: radaronline.com, "Homeless Man dies Before Learning Of Potential $19 Million Inheritance From Eccentric Heiress," Dec. 30, 2012

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