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Battle Over New Canaan Heiress' Estate Heats Up

Copper heiress Huguette Clark left $34 million of her fortune to her private nurse, and another $17 million to her accountant and attorney, who were close to her, but nothing to family members, raising eyebrows.

The battle over the , who died in May at age 104, appears to be heating up.

As reported on Huffington Post this week, citing an investigation by msnbc.com, Clark left $34 million of her fortune to her private nurse, and another $17 million to her accountant and attorney, but nothing to family members, raising eyebrows.

Family members are reportedly contesting the will (Clark reportedly never married and had no children). Meanwhile all of Clark’s assets — including her , which has been on the market for years (she never actually lived there) — have been frozen and police are investigating the accountant and attorney. As part of the investigation the accountant and attorney must account for all the transactions they've made using Clark’s money since they took over legal power of attorney for the heiress in 1996.

According to the report, investigators began looking into the matter after family members noticed a $1 million-a-month spending pattern — unusual considering Clark had been living in hospitals for about the past two decades — including one day in 2009 when the accountant cut personal checks made out to the attorney, nurse and other staff totaling about $440,000.

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