Wills Discovered in Aretha Franklin’s Home Reignite Estate Battle

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Aretha Franklin performs “Respect” at the 10th Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards in Pasadena, California, September 7, 2005. (REUTERS/Chris Pizzello/File Photo)

Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, died last August from pancreatic cancer. At the time of her death, it was widely believed she left no will. However, longtime lawyer David Bennett reported that three wills were found in different places inside the singer’s Detroit home in early May.

Two versions of the will, from 2010, were found in a locked cabinet, the BBC reported. A third, dated March 2014, was written in a spiral notebook and discovered under cushions in the living room. The handwritten wills are difficult to read and decipher. If recognized by the courts, the wills could significantly reorganize how Franklin’s estate is administered.

Aretha Franklin’s estate is estimated at $80 million and is currently managed by Franklin’s niece, Sabrina Owens,…

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