A New York judge has rebuffed a request to appoint a guardian for a reclusive, 104-year-old heiress to a Montana copper fortune. Her relatives fear her lawyer and accountant are manipulating her for their benefit.
The judge's ruling Thursday says the relatives are relying on secondhand and speculative claims that Huguette Clark is incapacitated and needs a guardian.
She is a great-aunt or great-great-aunt to the three relatives who filed the petition last week. They say Clark is at risk of "personal and financial harm" from attorney Wallace Bock and accountant Irving Kamsler.
Bock has said he has done nothing but carry out Clark's wishes. Kamsler's lawyer has said the relatives are interfering with her privacy.
Clark has lived in hospitals since 1988.