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Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Monday, May 21, 2012

More Thoughts on the Estate of James Brown

James BrownI have previously discussed the problems surrounding the Estate of James Brown, and the recent refusal of requests made under the Freedom of Information Act by Attorney General Alan Wilson.

An old song of James Brown may provide further insight that the division of property made by the settlement agreement was not within Brown's intent. Reportedly, the majority James Brown's Estate should have transferred to his "I Feel Good" Trust, which Brown established to provide educational scholarships to children. Brown believed that this country could bestow great fortunes on those who sought opportunity. He instilled his beliefs in his song "America Is My Home." In that song Brown sang, "There may be a lot of places, a lot of places that you like to go/But believe me if you get an education you can blow/You can all it blow, dig this." This statement certainly provides more support for the idea that he wanted his money to go to educational scholarships rather than to his common law wife.

See New Article, Old Song Provides More To Ponder With James Brown Estate Controversy, Estate of Denial, May 19, 2012. 

Special thanks to Jim Hillhouse (Professional Legal Marketing (PLM, Inc.)) for bringing this article to my attention.

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