Aretha Franklin’s Sons Find Handwritten Will in Couch Cushions

AUBURN HILLS, MI - JUNE 15: Singer Aretha Franklin performs the national anthem before the Detroit Pistons take on the Los Angeles Lakers in game five of the 2004 NBA Finals on June 15, 2004 at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement
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Famous singer Aretha Franklin, known for her hit songs “Respect,” “Think,” and more, sadly passed away in 2018 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. She left behind four children and since her death, there were several disputes on who would receive her assets. Months after she died, a handwritten will from 2014 was found between couch cushions.

Previously, a judge had been going off of a handwritten will from 2010 that was found in her home. The newer document has now been found valid under Michigan law because the new will was also found in her Detroit home.

American soul singer Aretha Franklin, a star on the Atlantic record label

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Her son Kecalf Franklin will receive her main Detroit home, valued at around $1.1 million back in 2018 and is now likely to be worth even more. Her son, Ted White II was given another one of her homes in Detroit but it had already been sold by her estate before the new will was found. Now, he is hoping to receive the proceeds from that sale, which were around $300,000.

A third son, Edward Franklin is now receiving a different property. Franklin had four homes in total when she passed away. After both wills had been found, there was a dispute between her sons, with some favoring the 2010 will and others favoring the 2014 will. However, with the judge now favoring the 2014 will, things will hopefully be resolved soon. It has been said that the four sons will likely share the proceeds from the fourth property, worth around $1 million.

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 25: Singer Aretha Franklin performs at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on July 25, 2012 in Los Angeles, California

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The children are still battling it out over how to split their mother’s music assets, but it seems as though the new will says that they will evenly share any income. The judge will decide on this in January 2024.

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