Following the recent discovery of handwritten Wills being found in Aretha Franklin’s home last month, her family has been arguing with each other over the validity and requests of Wills allegedly handwritten by Franklin before she passed away in 2018. .
One of the Wills named her youngest son, Kecalf Franklin as the executor of her estate. However, other family members contest the Will and claim that Kecalf isn’t fit to handle such an important and valuable estate.
Consequently, Kecalf has since filed two court petitions seeking to be made an executor of his mother’s estate, alongside Franklin’s niece, Sabrina Owens, who was appointed to the role last year – but with the intention to replace her in due course.
Kecalf claims that Owens has “mismanaged the estate” and has “failed to perform a duty pertaining to office.”
Franklin’s four sons are now in dispute over the issue and consequently went to court to determine if the Wills are admissible to probate. Accordingly, a handwriting expert has been hired to review the Wills but the examination has not been finalised.
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