Mar 12, 2021
By Andy Johnson
Just when it seemed possible the Queen of Soul could finally rest in peace, there is yet another problem in settling Aretha Franklin’s estate.
Lawyers for two of Aretha’s sons say they’ve discovered a possible will in the files of a law firm she had engaged to help her with estate planning.
It was initially thought that Franklin died, in August of 2018 at the age of 77, without a will. Nine months later, a few handwritten documents, which may represent two or even three wills, were found in Franklin’s home. That led to a dispute among her four sons over how her estate should be run and its assets divided.
According to Franklin’s sons, this latest discovery is a draft of yet another will that was never signed.
The estate just settled an almost $10 Million claim by the Internal Revenue Service.