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Dispute on Aretha Franklin’s Estate

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There is a dispute between Aretha’s estate and Ms. Franklin’s ex-husband, the father to one of the heirs, regarding music royalties,” David Bennett, a lawyer for the estate, wrote in a pleading filed Thursday.  The pleading was filed in response to a request from Franklin’s son, Edward Franklin, for more financial disclosure from the estate as the court battle continues over Aretha Franklin’s holdings.  The revelation came about because the estate is locked in a battle with Franklin’s son, Edward. 61-year-old Edward was born in 1957 when the singer was just 14-years-old.  Among the records he wants are “copies of all invoices and supporting documents regarding payments to friends and relatives of the personal representative, if any, for services performed for the estate.”  The dispute appears to involve her first husband, Ted White, who served for a time as Franklin’s manager. There was theft at Franklin’s Bloomfield Township home before her death last summer… for which the investigation is ongoing.

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Edward has been trying to get a court order to force the estate to produce monthly financial documents to Franklin’s heirs.  The estate is hesitant to turn over the information, as it may negatively impact the criminal investigation into the missing assets.  There is also an ongoing dispute between Franklin’s estate and one of her ex-husbands over music royalties. The estate argues that records and other requested materials “may jeopardize these matters and should not be disclosed.”  The estate wants the court to shut down Edward’s attempt to get the records so police may continue the investigation.

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