The Aretha Franklin Estate Battle Is Getting Messy

by Madina Sissoko

June 21, 2019

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On Monday Aretha Franklin’s youngest son, Kecalf Franklin filed court petitions asking to be named as the personal representative for his mother’s estate. He is seeking to replace Sabrina Owens, the late singer’s niece and his cousin who currently holds that right.

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The singer passed away last August and her funeral was held a few weeks later leaving Owens in charge of her estate.

The singer’s son says that his cousin “mismanaged the estate” and “failed to perform a duty pertaining to office.” claiming she didn’t provide information on the inventory of his mother’s estate until about four months after the legend passed.

According to Michigan law, a personal estate representative is required to prepare an inventory of the deceased’s property within 91 days of being appointed to the position.

In response to these allegations, attorneys for the estate stated in another court filing that “there is no basis to support the assumption” that Kecalf Franklin has the ability to take on the role.

This dispute adds on to a growing pile of issues for the “Chain of Fools” singers estate. The iconic songstress has three wills, some of which is handwritten, that a judge must now review to determine if they can legally be executed.

Fortunately, this isn’t the only news surrounding the Queen of Soul. It was announced in March that singer Jennifer Hudson would be starring in a biopic about Franklin. The film titled Respect is due in 2020. Hopefully, all of this drama will be cleared up by then.

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This news is similar to Nichelle Nichols’ relationship and battle with her son Kyle Johnson who has full control over the actress finance and health decisions. In May, a video surfaced of Nichols in protest of her son having guardianship over her.

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