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Nurses in court battle over $37 million gift from reclusive heiress


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Before she passed away last year at the age of 104, reclusive heiress Huguette Clark had been living in a New York City hospital for two decades. Her own family didn’t know where she lived, but her nurses and doctors certainly did. And now those two groups, along with Clark’s attorney and accountant, are involved in court cases over her estate, which is estimated at $400 million.

The skinny: A court-appointed official is trying to reclaim $37 million that Clark gave to her doctors and nurses on behalf of Clark’s great-nieces and great-nephews. The majority of the gifts — a total of $28 million — went to Clark’s personal nurse. In addition to money, gifts Clark gave to the nurse included three Manhattan apartments and two other homes.

But the story doesn’t end there. There are arguments over art pieces Clark gave to hospitals and museums, and her attorney and accountant may face criminal charges stemming from how they handled Clark’s money.

Read more about the cases, as well as the reclusive heiress, at ABC News.


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