The accountant and attorney for the estate of a 104-year-old copper mine heiress who died earlier this year have been under investigation for their handling of their client's finances, and the accountant has now resigned as executor.

Huguette Clark, the granddaughter of a prominent U.S. Senator, lived a reclusive life, spending her last decades in a hospital room at New York City’s Beth Israel Hospital (see Is 104-Year-Old Heiress in Thrall to Her Accountant? and Huguette Clark Case Illustrates Importance of Proper Estate Planning). Yet she owned lavish mansions and apartments in California, Connecticut and New York that sat empty for years. She apparently left behind two wills, one that left money from her $400 million estate to 21 of her relatives and the other bequeathing her fortune to her attorney, accountant and nurse, along with some of their favorite charities, according to a series of articles by Bill Dedman of MSNBC.

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