According to the Detroit Free Press, the Queen of Soul died with no will or trust for her reported $80 million estate. Per the site, Franklin’s four children — Clarence, 63, Edward, 61, Ted, 54, and Kecalf, 48 — filed a document Tuesday, listing themselves as interested parties in her estate. Franklin’s niece, Sabrina Owens, asked the court to appoint her as personal representative of the estate and the case is assigned to Judge Jennifer Callaghan.
“I was after her for a number of years to do a trust,” Los Angeles attorney Don Wilson, who represented Franklin for 28 years told Detroit Free Press. “It would have expedited things and kept them out of probate, and kept things private.” According to Michigan law, Franklin’s kids will inherit everything. Read more