Will Found in Couch Deemed Valid …
Big Win For 2 of Her Sons
7/11/2023 1:21 PM PT
A jury determined a handwritten document found in Aretha Franklin‘s couch is a valid will … a major development after years of her kids battling over her estate.
The ruling on the hard-to-read pages came in Tuesday in a Michigan court. The will was found in 2019 — the year after she passed — in a notebook tucked under the couch in Aretha’s Detroit home.
The docs, dated March 31, 2014, are significantly different from a 2010 draft of her will.
The newer pages apparently designate her sons Kecalf and Edward as executors of her $6 million estate, and it looks like the name “Teddy,” AKA Ted White II — their brother who was pinned as executor in the 2010 version — is crossed out.
What’s more, the 2010 will appeared to require Kecalf and Edward would have to take business classes, and get a degree or certificate to benefit from Aretha’s estate — but the 2014 version doesn’t include that requirement.
this publication broke the story, no will was initially found when Aretha died in 2018 following a battle with pancreatic cancer — but since then there has been an all-out war between her children.
The game of Aretha’s financial throne is finally over.