Just because Huguette Clark opted to cut them out of her life, her distant relatives don't believe they should also be cut out of her will, and they've filed a motion in a New York court saying she did not understand what she was doing when she excluded them. In the Monday filing, the extended family members claimed Clark was incompetent to make the will, didn't know the "nature, extent or value of her assets," and may have been coerced by her attorney and accountant. Clark died last May at age 104. Of course nobody with even the most tentative claim to that inheritance was going to leave a fortune estimated at $400 million sitting on the table, even if its late owner expressly excluded them from inheriting anything.
"I intentionally make no provision in this my Last Will Testament for any members of my family, whether on my paternal or maternal side, having had minimal contacts with them over the years," the heiress of copper baron and Montana Sen. William A. Clark wrote in her will on April 19, 2005. Instead, she left the bulk of her fortune to her nurse, Hadassah Peri, who received 60 percent of Clark's estate after various contributions to charities and other staffers were doled out. Clark also bequeathed Peri her doll collection, thought to be worth millions. She left another 25 percent of her estate to her goddaughter, Wanda Styka. And 15 percent went to a foundation she directed to be set up, called the Bellosguardo Foundation, to which she also left her Santa Barbara mansion of the same name, and all the contents of that home and her massive apartment on New York's Upper East Side.