• Sally Davies | Senior Associate, Jenkins Legal

Where There's a Will...There's a Way

It has recently come to light that Aretha Franklin died without a will, and her family is now embroiled in court proceedings over her assets. Her estate will be particularly complex due to ongoing earnings from song royalties, making it virtually impossible for the court to estimate the long-term value of the estate when determining an appropriate distribution.

If Ms Franklin had a valid will, there’d be a faster, and cheaper, resolution of her estate. Ms Franklin would have been able to state whom she wanted to have control of, and benefit from, her estate. In Michigan, the law provides that if an unmarried person with children di