Aretha Franklin’s Sons Awarded Property Thanks To Will Found In Couch
You never know what you might find when digging through your couch cushions. We’ve all been there. Sometimes you need to find some change, maybe it’s that tiny Apple TV remote, or a misplaced phone. Aretha Franklin’s sons have been awarded property thanks to a will from 2014 found between couch cushions.
More than five years after the “Respect” singer’s death, three of her sons have been awarded her real estate thanks to that will that was discovered in an unexpected place. This week, a Detroit judge awarded the properties in question to her sons because of the will that was found.
Aretha Franklin’s Will Found In Couch
According to the Associated Press, due to Michigan law the will was declared valid back in July. That newly discovered will from 2014 overruled another handwritten will that was discovered from 2010.
Franklin’s youngest son Kecalf will receive Aretha’s Detroit home which was valued at $1.1 million back in 2016, according to People. People mentions that a lawyer described the property as Franklin’s “crown jewel.”
Two of her other sons, Edward and Ted White Jr. also inherited properties. According to BBC, White Jr. favored the 2010 will over the 2014 will. He was given a house in Detroit which was sold before the dueling wills were found. His lawyer says he is now seeking the sale proceeds of $300,000.
The 2014 will did not specify who will inherit Franklin’s fourth home, so the judge decided it will be sold and the proceeds will be split between her four sons, according to People.
After the newly discovered will was deemed valid, Kecalf Franklin told The Associated Press, “I’m very, very happy. I just wanted my mother’s wishes to be adhered to. We just want to exhale right now. It’s bee a long five years for my family, my children.”
Aretha Franklin passed away in 2018 of pancreatic cancer. She was 76 years old. At the time of her death, it was believed that she did not prepare a will to divide her belongings, properties (which alone was valued around $6 million), cash, and music copyrights, according to BBC. However, 9 months after her death her niece discovered two separate handwritten documents between couch cushions at the singer’s Detroit home.
The BBC reports that a status conference with a judge is set for this coming January to go over a dispute over how to handle Aretha’s vast assets in music.