A nurse who cared for a reclusive heiress for 20 years before she died leaving $300million is suing her estate for a slice of her fortune.
Geraldine Coffey earned $130,000 a year looking after copper heiress Huguette Clark and received £1million in gifts from her over her lifetime.
But the night nurse, who says Clark promised to ‘provide for her’, is now reportedly suing her late boss’s estate after receiving nothing in Clark’s will.
But Irish immigrant Mrs Coffey says she was left out of negotiations and thus received nothing.
Meanwhile lawyers for the estate are accusing night nurse Mrs Coffey of causing Clark ‘anxiety and distress’ by nagging her to give her a $7.5million apartment, it was reported, and of putting her own needs before her elderly patient’s.
John Morken, attorney for Clark’s relatives and for the heiress’ estate, said Ms Coffey put pressure on Clark to give her money, the New York Post reported.
In court papers he alleges: ‘While purportedly caring for Clark, Geraldine repeatedly pressured her patient to make “gifts” to and for the benefit of her family.’
Morken added: ‘At the time Mrs Clark was reported in nurse’s notes to be “confused during the night” and “delusional”.
But Ms Coffey, who is being sued to return gifts said to include $385,000 to buy real estate in New York and $85,000 for school fees for her children, is reportedly refusing to sign off the deal.
She denies the allegations, claiming that Bock and Kamsler were heavily involved in the allegations that she pressured Clark to hand over some of her fortune.
Coffey worked 12-hour days for Mrs Clark, the childless daughter of senator and industrialist William A Clark, who made a fortune in mining and railroads.
Mrs Clark lived alone in a 42-room Manhattan apartment with only her extensive collection of dolls and a nurse for company.
She was said to only leave her apartment to attend Christian Dior fashion shows in order to find new dresses for her dolls.
The case will be heard in court in New York this week.
Night nurse of reclusive late heiress Huguette Clark sues for slice of $300 MILLION estate after day nurse got $31 million
January 6, 2014