Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog

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

Friday, April 29, 2016

Did Prince Have A Child After All?

PrinceSince the unexpected death of music legend Prince from what now appears to be an overdose of prescription pain killers the issue of who his estate will pass to has been a question asked by many. A recent filing in probate court by his full sister indicates that the family knows of no children with a host of siblings being the heirs presumptive at this point. However, a genealogical service is coming forward stating to have been contacted by an individual who claims to be Prince's child from a short lived relationship in the 80's. The service indicates that they think the claim has genuine merit but have not revealed any additional details about who the suspected child might be. Due to Prince dying without a will, any children would inherit the entire estate under Minnesota intestacy laws and completely exclude any other family members. But until the claim has been confirmed with a DNA test there is nothing to do but speculate on the existence of hidden heirs.

See Ryan Parry, Minnesota man is claiming to be Prince's 'love child' from a fling with his mom in the '80s as the music legend’s sister asks to be in charge of his $300 million estate, The Daily Mail, April 28, 2016.

Special thanks to Joel Dobris (Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law) for bringing this article to my attention.


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