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The discovery of handwritten wills in the home of the late Aretha Franklin could ignite a dispute among family members about the estate of the “Queen of Soul.” She died last August without a formal document to guide her sons about her music, property and other assets. But the newly found writings filed in court Monday could change everything.

Here’s a look at what’s developing, nine months after Franklin’s death in Michigan at age 76:

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HOW WERE THE WILLS DISCOVERED?

A niece, Sabrina Owens, who serves as the estate’s personal representative, discovered a key to a locked cabinet at Franklin’s home on May 3, according to a court filing. Two handwritten wills from 2010 were inside. One says a will from decades earlier is “no good.” The other one found in the cabinet is 11 pages long and has a notary’s signature.

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