Jacques Haldy, a Lausanne lawyer, wrote in an e-mail that he represents all the legatees aside from Zaimis. His clients, he said, oppose Zaimis’s legal endeavors. “They condemn them strongly and consider them completely unjustified,” he wrote.
Zaimis and her sister, Evanthea Veroutis-Anastasadi, together inherited a third of Elise Goulandris’s private estate, the people familiar with the will said. Co-legatees are Fleurette Karadontis, another niece of Elise, who inherited one-third. The three Canada-based children of Elise Goulandris’s brother, Robert and Edward Karadontis and Elise Karadontis Oliveira, together account for the last third.
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Peter John Goulandris directed an e-mail enquiry to his lawyer, Dennis Glazer of Davis Polk in New York. Glazer declined to answer questions about the 1985 sale contract. He said he considers Zaimis’s claims to be “baseless.”
Zaimis’s legal action is being partly financed by a New York art dealer, Ezra Chowaiki, who described himself as a friend and said that in return for his aid he has “a right of first refusal to purchase paintings that she might obtain.”