Frail Manhattan heiress Huguette Clark mumbled incoherently and couldn’t hold a pen without help when she signed her $300 million fortune away to her lawyer, doctor and employees, according to new court filings.
The will signing — held in a dark hospital room at Beth Israel Hospital under the watchful eye of Clark’s lawyer-beneficiary, Wallace Bock — took less than five minutes to cut out the reclusive Clark’s family completely, claim the papers.
What’s more, according to the documents, Bock and Clark’s accountant, convicted sex offender Irving Kamsler, were so thrilled that Clark signed the controversial document that “they went straight from the hospital to a bar to celebrate. Presumably the [will] went to the bar along with them.”
Relatives of the railroad baroness, who died in 2011 at age 104, revealed disturbing details of the April 2005 will signing in Manhattan Surrogate Court papers filed last week. Their action opposed a motion by Bock to find the will was properly executed and that Clark knew what she was signing.
The will superseded a previous document, signed in March 2005, that left $5 million to Clark’s personal nurse, Hadassah Peri, and the rest of the estate to Clark’s relatives.
According to Bock assistant Danita Rudisill, Clark “mumbled something incoherent” and signed the document “very slowly, with some difficulty,” the family’s court filing said.
Kin of heiress Huguette Clark say she was incoherent and unwell at time of will signing
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July 8, 2013
New York Post