Judge overseeing Aretha Franklin’s estate case puts property sale on hold
Via the Detroit News:
An Oakland County, Michigan, probate judge supervising legal challenges to the estate of the late Aretha Franklin ruled Monday that a proposed property sale cannot go forward until all heirs agree. After the discovery of alleged handwritten wills were found in one of the legendary singer’s homes last month, it was presumed, including by the attorney of one heir, that Judge Jennifer S. Callaghan might rule on the validity of the documents. But Callaghan made it clear Monday that would be premature. Kecalf has filed an opposition to the sale of property adjacent to his late mother’s Bloomfield Hills home. David J. Bennett, a longtime Franklin attorney who represents the estate’s personal representative — Franklin’s niece, Sabrina Garrett Owens — told Callaghan a $350,000 offer has been made on the home, which Franklin purchased for $225,000 in 2011.