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Judge Could Consider Handwriting Expert In Case of Aretha Franklin’s Will

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OAKLAND COUNTY (CelebrityAccess) – A judge is expected to consider a request for a handwriting expert to examine wills discovered in couch cushions after Aretha Franklin’s passing last August, reports The Associated Press.

Following Franklin’s death, her heirs agreed to put her estate in the hands of Franklin’s niece, Sabrina Owens, who is a university administrator, however, attorneys for Franklin’s son Theodore White II later said in a court filing that he should be named co-executor, along with Owens.

According to AP, a handwritten 2014 document shows Franklin apparently wanted her son, Kecalf Franklin, to serve as the representative of her estate. White and Owens’ names are said to have appeared in a 2010 handwritten will, but were reportedly crossed out in the 2014 document.

A hearing is scheduled for Tuesday (Aug. 6) in Oakland County Probate Court, north of Detroit.

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