NY trial to examine reclusive copper heiress' will

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Associated Press

Posted on September 15, 2013 at 8:03 AM

Updated Sunday, Sep 15 at 10:02 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — The reclusive life and immense fortune of a woman whose father founded Las Vegas is set to be scrutinized in a New York City courtroom.

Jury selection is due to start Tuesday in a civil trial over Huguette (oo-GET') Clark's will. She died at 104 in 2011.

Clark owned luxurious properties in New York, California and Connecticut. But she chose to spend her last 20 years in a Manhattan hospital.

The disputed April 2005 will left her estimated $300 million estate largely to arts charities, her nurse and a goddaughter.

Her relatives got nothing. They'd been the main beneficiaries of a will signed just six weeks earlier.

Clark's father made money from Montana copper mines, a Utah-to-California railroad and sales of land around a whistle stop dubbed Las Vegas.

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