The Queen of Soul didn’t just leave behind her music, she left a large amount of uncashed checks.
There’s been a new inventory of Aretha Franklin’s assets and close to $1 million dollars in uncashed checks have been found in her estate.
One check found was for 702,711.90 from Sound Exchange and Screen Writers Guild, and $285,944.27 in checks from various places including her publishing company,Springtime Publishing, Carlin Music and Feel Good Films.
Franklin died last August at age 76 and originally, there was no Will found, causing family tension over the allocation of her assets. Franklin left behind four sons who were supposed to split her estate evenly. However, nine months after her death, things changed and each son has obtained separate legal teams. According to Billboard, three handwritten Wills were found in her house, two from 2010 and one from 2014. The Wills are being reviewed by a handwriting expert.
Franklin’s niece, Sabrina Owens has been named the representative for the estate but Franklin’s youngest son, Kecalf Franklin Cunningham, has formally complained. Cunningham said it took his cousin too long to provide him and his brothers with a list of Franklin’s assets and claims the list Owens provided of Franklin’s assets was incomplete.