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FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Sanibel Captiva Trust Company is presenting a talk March 14 by Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Bill Dedman, author of the best-seller “Empty Mansions.” The biography covers copper heiress Huguette Clark, who owned palatial homes in Santa Barbara, Connecticut and New York, but lived for 20 years in a simple hospital room despite being in excellent health. Her grand New York home was unoccupied for nearly 60 years.
Dedman, who discovered Huguette’s story for NBC News, collaborated with Huguette Clark’s cousin, Paul Clark Newell Jr., one of the few relatives to have conversations with her.
“It’s a mystery of wealth and loss,” said Dedman. “If Huguette Clark had been better advised, she would not have lost $40 million of her fortune to distant relatives, and her estate would not have wasted $25 million on legal fees. Her life story is extreme, but it holds lessons for us all.”
“Bill’s book aligns very well with what we do here at The Sanibel Captiva Trust Company every day,” said Carolyn Rogers, CFRE, Wealth Services. “We work to assure our clients’ financial and estate plans are built and executed properly for the benefit and protection of our clients and their heirs.”
The complimentary presentation will begin with a 5 p.m. reception, followed by the program at 6 p.m. It will be held at The Burroughs Home, 2505 First St. in Fort Myers.
Seating is limited, and reservations are required. $2 million or more in investible assets. Contact Frances Steger at email@example.com or call 239-472-8300.
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