Published: Wed, May 22, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Aretha Franklin Went From Having No Will To Having Three

Aretha Franklin Went From Having No Will To Having Three

The lawyer for legendary singer Aretha Franklin says a trio of wills have been found months after Franklin's death, according to the Associated Press.

The Queen of Soul's family thought she hadn't left any documents declaring her last wishes and how she wanted her assets dividing when she passed away in August 2018, but lawyers have now revealed they uncovered three handwritten notes in her Detroit home. In some cases, the writing is hard to read and certain portions are scratched out, with additional notes in the margins. The two wills that were found inside the cabinet were written back in 2010 and a third will written in 2014 was found under the cushions of a couch. MI law dictates that her sons would split her estate equally.

Two of Franklin's four children are reportedly disputing the wills, according to a statement from the family.

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Her death also raised questions over the future of her assets, with her family that includes four sons - with her niece Sabrina Owens appointed as the estate's personal representative - believing she had left no will. He is objecting to plans to sell a piece of land next to his mother's Oakland County home for $325,000.

Don Wilson, a Los Angeles lawyer who worked with Franklin, told the AP in September the "Respect" singer had long brushed aside his advice to set up a will and a trust. "It just didn't seem to be something she got around to", he said.

But son Kecalf Franklin noted that the 2014 will called for him to serve as representative of the estate. "I would expect that she has a house, probably a financial account of some kind - a brokerage account, stocks, bond, cash", he said.

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