Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Aretha Franklin's Youngest Son is Seeking to Gain Control Over Late Star's Multi-Million Dollar Estate
Kecalf Franklin, 49, the youngest son of the later singer Aretha Franklin, has petitioned a court in Michigan to replace his cousin, Sabrina Owens, as the representative of his mother's estate. At the time of Owens' appointment, it was believed that the diva had died intestate. Now, an unverified and handwritten will of the singer, dated 2014, has been entered into probate and named Kecalf as administrator.
Attorneys for the estate are challenging his filing, claiming that the son lacks the ability and the knowledge to manage such a sizable estate. Franklin left an estimated $80 million, with debts totaling $5.3 million. Kecalf claims that Owens has not provided the heirs with an inventory of his mother's assets and property, nor kept them up to date on an investigation into her music catalog. Owens countered that she has been handling her aunt's estate properly.
See Rachel McGrath, Aretha Franklin's Youngest Son is Seeking to Gain Control Over Late Star's Multi-Million Dollar Estate, Daily Mail, June 18, 2019.
Special thanks to Joel C. Dobris (Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law) for bringing this article to my attention.