While I, along with so many fans, mourned the recent death of Aretha Franklin—a giant in the world of music—I was shocked to learn she did not have a Will or any kind of Trust.

Her attorney stated that he constantly asked her to do that, but she just never got around to it.

last will and testament document with quill pen and handwriting

Aretha’s four sons have filed a document listing themselves as interested parties, reports say. I hope they’re prepared for the long and arduous rollercoaster ride that settling her estate will be.

The four of them—along with all others who choose to contest and are successful—will share in her estate but only after attorneys take their share in fees, which will be nothing short of shocking.

On the same day as Aretha’s memorial service, and quite coincidentally, I heard from Bettye. Read more