Tentative Deal In Dispute Over New York Heiress’ Will

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Huguette Clark’s lawyer Wallace Bock also would get nothing. Clark’s mansion in California, Bellosguardo, would become a foundation, and the Corcoran Gallery of Art would get $10 million. Clark was briefly married in her 20s. Her assistant has said she didn’t leave her apartment for decades before she was taken, emaciated and beset by advanced skin cancer, to Beth Israel Medical Center in 1991. Doctors said she was medically ready to leave months later. But she chose to stay for two decades, at a cost of about $400,000 a year. And she rewarded the hospital beyond that, as well as her caregivers. Gifts to Peri, Clark’s chief nurse, included multiple Manhattan apartments and a $1.2 million Stradivarius violin, and the nurse stood to get $30 million in the disputed will. Clark’s primary doctor received cash Christmas presents totaling $500,000, among other gifts, plus a $100,000 bequest that he was preparing to relinquish before testifying at the trial, according to court documents. The hospital got hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash, a $3.5 million painting by French pre-Impressionist Edouard Manet and a $1 million bequest. Clark’s accountant and her lawyer also received sizable cash gifts, and they stood to reap substantial fees as executors of her estate under the challenged will. Clark’s relatives had said hospital executives, medical professionals, Clark’s lawyer and accountant took advantage of their access to the heiress to manipulate their way into her millions of dollars. The beneficiaries have said Clark was simply a generous woman who wanted to help those who helped her. ___ Associated Press writer Jake Pearson contributed to this report.

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New York businessman leading group purchasing Florida Panthers

The team had no comment after the New York Post first reported a group of unidentified New York-based investors were buying the team. The Panthers have been losing more than $20 million per season in recent years, the source said. A source close to the team confirmed the sale was in the works and said general manager Dale Tallon has been telling players interested in coming to the Panthers such as former All-Star goalie Tim Thomas that a new owner would be in place soon. An announcement could be coming in the next few weeks. Captain Ed Jovanovski, who said he heard reports of a new owner on a weekly basis while with the Phoenix Coyotes, said word of a new owner shouldnt affect the team at all. For the most part, you have a bunch of guys who just want to play hockey, Jovanovski said. Whatever happens on the ownership side will be taken care of by the executives in place. I think for us, we just wait and see. Were trying to be in the right frame of mind for the start of the season. But someone new coming in must be eager to take over the team. You have to look at that as a positive. Well see. Anytime you have an ownership group that wants to win and wants to spend money, thats exciting for a player. Viola is a successful commodities dealer who previously was chairman of the New York Mercantile Exchange and is now chairman of Virtu Financial, an electronic commodities trading company. He was a minority owner of the New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets of which Brett Yormark, twin brother of Panthers president Michael, is CEO several years ago but is no longer, according to the team.