Hallelujah Aretha Franklin Wills Found in Detroit Area Home

Hallelujah Aretha Franklin Wills Found in Detroit Area Home

Aretha Franklin estate has been upside down since the R&B legend passed away from pancreatic cancer on August 16, 2018, at the age of 76.

Following her death, it was also reported that Franklin left no will or trust, and processing the estate, which could be worth tens of millions of dollars, has been slow.

Well, that is all in the past because three hand-written wills were found in Aretha Franklin’s Detroit home. Read on for more details…

Hallelujah Aretha Franklin Wills Found in Detroit Area Home

CelebNMusic247.com is happy to report that the trouble can stop brewing around the estate of Aretha Franklin since three handwritten wills have been located in Aretha Franklin’s suburban Detroit home.

The three wills were hand-written by the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, herself have been found more than nine months after her death.

The letters—two from 2010, discovered in a locked cabinet after a key was located, and one from 2014, found in a spiral notebook placed under cushions in her living room—are the only known wills from the Queen of Soul said her lawyers and family members.

Now, Aretha’s four-page will from 2014 reportedly says the singer’s assets should go to relatives.

Yet some of the handwriting is difficult to read, and many of the words are either scratched out or squished in the margins. Franklin’s son, Kecalf Franklin, said his mother wanted him to represent the estate in the 2014 will, court records show.

However, a statement from the estate says Sabrina Owens, an administrator at the University of Michigan, will continue to serve as its personal representative.

David Bennett, Franklin’s lawyer for more than four decades, filed the wills Monday in a Michigan court, records show.

He told a judge he did not know if they carried any weight under state law. A hearing is scheduled for next month.


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