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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Thursday, January 31, 2013

James Brown Trust Suit Dismissed

James BrownAs I have previously discussed, there has been a continued dispute over James Brown's estate. That legal battle is over. The parties have come to an agreement with 50% of Brown's estate going to his trust, 25% of the estate going to Tomi Rae Hynie, Brown's spouse, and the other 25% to his heirs. 

In 2011, Jacquelyne Hollander, a partner who worked for Brown, filed a civil suit in federal court claiming James Brown did not intend for his children to receive his assets after his death. The suit named both the "James Brown I Feel Good Irrevocable Trust", and Attorney General Alan Wilson. Hollander was seeking the authority to distribute the trust funds because of her involvement in the trust setup. Unfortunately for Hollander, a court dismissed the suit preventing the distribution of his trust assets. The claim Hollander brought against the Attorney General stems from her account of the negative interactions she had with the Attorney General's Office over the years. She claimed she was treated badly and eventually disregarded all together. Due to politics, many attorneys have refused to represent her in the matter.

See Mike Gellatly, Suit looking to halt distribution of James Brown's trust dismissed, Aiken Standard, Jan. 24, 2013.

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


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