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Family Of Aretha Franklin Heads To Court After The Discovery Of Three Hand-Written Wills

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DETROIT, MI (CelebrityAccess) — The family of Aretha Franklin is gearing up for a legal battle over three wills which were purportedly hand-written by the late Queen of Soul.

According to the Associated Press, the three holographic wills dated June 21, 2010; October 20, 2010 and March 31, 2014, were discovered earlier this month by a personal representative of the Aretha Franklin Estate and the Estate has asked the court to determine if they are admissible to probate.

The most recent will, dated to March 31st, 2014, appears to leave Franklin’s assets to family members but is hard to decipher and to contains numerous marginal edits, the AP reported.

Two of Franklin’s four sons are opposing the admission of the wills, the AP reported.

Sabrina Owens, an administrator at the University of Michigan, will continue to serve as personal representative of the estate.

“As this new development is also a family matter, [Owens] remains neutral and wishes that all parties involved make wise choices on behalf of their mother, her rich legacy, the family and the Aretha Franklin Estate,” a rep for the Estate said in a statement provided to CNN.

A hearing on the matter has been scheduled for Thursday in Oakland County, Michigan.

In a separate court filing, Franklin’s son Kecalf says the 2014 version of the will requested that he serve as a representative of the estate.

Franklin died in August after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

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