August 01, 2011

Estate Planning Lessons From the Huguette Clark Case

Joel A. Schoenmeyer

Most solo practitioners will never have a client with an estate as big and complex as that of Huguette Clark. Ms. Clark, who recently passed away at the age of 104, was a copper heiress whose apartment alone may be worth $100 million. However, the facts surrounding Ms. Clark’s estate planning—and the likelihood of a protracted fight over the contents of her will—can impart some lessons to all estate planning attorneys about how to handle similar situations with their clients.1

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