Aretha's lack of a will could make things rocky for heirs

Aretha's lack of a will could make things rocky for heirs

Though beloved by the world, Franklin was even more adored by her family. Her heirs won't have it so simple.

Franklin's four sons will equally divide their mother's assets under MI law.

But the iconic star's funeral became shrouded in controversy, after viewers of the "homecoming" service - which was broadcast around the world - claimed that Bishop Charles H Ellis inappropriately touched singer Ariana Grande, 25. Singer Jennifer Hudson was reportedly handpicked by Franklin to play her in an upcoming biopic.

"I tried to convince her that she should do not just a will but a trust while she was still alive", says Don Wilson, a Los Angeles lawyer who worked on entertainment matters for Franklin for almost 30 years.

One of Detroit's teenagers, an aspiring actor, tells me: "I want to be big". "I had a client who had a $70 million real estate portfolio who had had end-stage diabetes".

Musicians, family, friends and fans have said a final goodbye to Aretha Franklin at her funeral in Detroit. Her niece is serving as executor.

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A person holds a program during the funeral service for Aretha Franklin. "So now my longest friend has gone home", Robinson told the assembled mourners before he sang "Really Gonna Miss You" a cappella - his voice sweetly piping out alone across the hushed church. She then went on to win seven Grammy awards later on in her career.

The documents make no mention of the value of Franklin's estate. The figure nearly certainly runs into the tens of millions, but there will probably be widely varying estimates as her attorneys seek to downplay her wealth for tax purposes and the IRS tries to maximize the amount for its own reasons. Many also mentioned her father, the Rev. C.L. Franklin, and his civil rights leadership, which influenced his daughter from a young age. She also wrote some lesser hits, such as "Rock Steady". In the case of "Respect", the royalties go to the estate of Otis Redding, even though the song owes almost all its popularity to Franklin.

He continued, "I hug all the female artists and the male artists".

Ellis III of the Greater Grace Temple was criticized by many social media users for appearing to touch the side of the Grammy-nominated artist's breast after she sang at the funeral in Detroit on Friday. It is likely that her sons will take years to split her belongings equally amongst themselves while the IRS conducts an audit of her holdings.

Shepherded in through a long line of pink Cadillacs _ the vehicle she sung about in the song "Freeway of Love" _ parked along the road near the church, Franklin's body arrived about 7:30 a.m.in a white 1940 LaSalle hearse.

How Aretha cared about the city that raised her, how she fed the homeless, helped people in need, and would often do it anonymously.

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