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Management of Aretha Franklin's estate still unsettled

Posted at 7:12 PM, Feb 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-05 19:12:25-05

(AP) — Long-term management of Aretha Franklin's estate still is up in the air.

A Michigan judge set a March 3 hearing on a request by the late singer's niece to step aside as the estate's personal representative. Sabrina Owens filed a letter last week, saying she was quitting because of a “rift” in the family. Franklin died in 2018.

Her estate has been mired in controversy since last May when handwritten wills were found in her home. A 2014 document says a son, Kecalf Franklin, should manage the estate. He asked the judge to approve any legal fees for the estate's attorneys in advance.