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This comes to a surprise to some, Aretha Franklin did not leave behind a will when she passed away. Via TMZ, “According to court documents obtained by TMZ, the singer died “intestate” – meaning she had no will at the time of her death.”
It is surprising because Aretha has a son with special needs named Clarence who needs financial and other forms of support for his entire life. She left behind $80 million estate. In the state of Michigan, the assets of an unmarried, deceased person are divided equally among their children. However, others such as creditors or extended family members, could contest the estate to receive a share.
Via Detroit Free Pass, Franklin’s four sons filed a document on Tuesday listing themselves as interested parties in her estate. Aretha’s niece Sabrina Owens has requested to be the personal representative of the state. The absence of a will means that Aretha’s finances will become public.
Aretha’s entertainment lawyer, Don Wilson, said he repeatedly asked her to put together a trust. He also says, “I was after her for a number of years to do a trust. It would have expedited things and kept them out of probate, and kept things private.”
Situations like this can become messy when money is involved so let’s hope Aretha’s family and everyone involved comes together and do what is right in honor of Aretha.
Written By: Fantasia Harvey