Judge declares Prince's 6 siblings the heirs to his estate
- Author: Michelle Webb May 20, 2017,
May 20, 2017, 9:52
District Court Judge Kevin Eide filed the ruling on Thursday in Carver County, Minnesota.
A Minnesota judge ruled Friday that Prince's sister and five half-siblings are the rightful heirs to the music icon's estate, worth an estimated $200 million.
Prince died suddenly a year ago age 57, at his Paisley Park estate, from an accidental overdose of powerful painkillers.
Since his death, Prince's Paisley Park studio complex and home has been turned into a museum and concert venue.
One Colorado prison inmate came forward to claim his inheritance, insisting he was Prince's son.
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Prince's assets will not be distributed to his heirs without a formal court order. McMillan, an entertainment lawyer, had been brought in by Bremer Trust, the first court-appointed representative.
In a sworn statement March 10, Sharon Nelson said Comerica hasn't made good on promises to work with the heirs to ensure Prince's legacy and distribute the estate quickly. Others seeking to get their share of the money had their claims rejected though many have filed appeals. Tyka Nelson and Omarr Baker have been represented by attorney and CNN commentator Van Jones.
The filing also confirms that L. Londell McMillan, one of two former special music-industry advisers to the estate, will be the business adviser to three of the heirs: John, Norrine and Sharon Nelson.
Meanwhile, Universal Music Group and Comerica Bank, the manager of Prince's estate, are moving ahead with plans to terminate the US$31m [NZ$44.8m] recorded-music deal announced earlier this year.