Documents reveal that Aretha Franklin died without a will

News 23/08/2018

Legal documents have been filed in a Michigan court following Aretha Franklin's recent death.

Detroit Free Press reports that the Queen of Soul's four sons have recently filed a legal document in the Oakland County Probate Court listing themselves as interested parties in Franklin's estate.

The document states that Franklin did not leave a formal will and her estate will be equally divided among her four sons according to Michigan law.

Franklin's attorney, Don Wilson have said that he had been chasing Franklin to do a trust for years as "it would have expedited things and kept them out of probate and kept things private".

Franklin's estate is estimated to be valued at almost $120 million NZD. People reports that the estate will become public which could result in a long legal battle that involves Franklin's wider family like her niece, Sabrina Owens who have already requested to be appointed as the estate representative.

Wilson cited the Ike Turner estate as an example of what could happen to Franklin's family. For Ike Turner, his estate is still in litigation among his family after his death that happened eleven years ago.