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Kathy Hughes and Aretha Franklin

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According to the Detroit Free PressAretha Franklin left no will or trust prior to her passing. Franklin’s four sons filed a document Tuesday afternoon (August 21st) listing themselves as interested parties of her estate. Franklin’s niece, Sabrina Owens, asked the court to appoint her as personal representative of the estate. The late singer’s attorney, Don Wilson, has said, “I was after her for a number of years to do a trust. It would have expedited things and kept them out of probate, and kept things private.” Meanwhile, according to Michigan state law, Franklin’s remaining assets would be divided equally among her four children. Also, according to People via, she has an estimated net worth of roughly $80 million.