Saturday, January 16, 2021

Aretha Franklin: 3 Handwritten Wills Discovered at Detroit Home of Late Singer

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*Eight months after the death of Aretha Franklin, three handwritten wills have been found in her suburban Detroit home, including one discovered under cushions in the living room, an estate lawyer has confirmed.

One will is reportedly dated March 2014, and appears to give Franklin’s assets to family members.

At the time of her death last August of pancreatic cancer, lawyers and family members said the Queen of Soul had no will, but three handwritten versions were discovered earlier this month, according to the Detroit Free Press. Two wills drafted in 2010 were found in a locked cabinet after a key was found, the report states.

Estate attorney David Bennett confirmed that the 2014 version was found inside a spiral notebook under cushions.

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Bennett reportedly filed the wills on Monday, despite not being certain of they’re legal under Michigan law. A hearing is scheduled for June 12.

Bennett said the wills were shared with Franklin’s four sons or their lawyers, but a statement from the estate said two of the sons object to the documents.

Sabrina Owens, Franklin’s niece, will continue to serve as personal representative of the estate.

“She remains neutral and wishes that all parties involved make wise choices on behalf of their mother, her rich legacy, the family and the Aretha Franklin estate,” a statement from the estate said.

But son Kecalf Franklin noted that the 2014 will called for him to serve as representative of the estate.

Meanwhile, Franklin’s estate is involved in “many continuing projects … including various television and movie proposals, as well as dealing with various creditor claims and resulting litigation,” Bennett said.

 

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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