Judge says ap­peals hold­ing up Prince es­tate de­ter­mi­na­tion

The Reporter (Lansdale, PA) - - WEATHER - By Steve Karnowski

The Min­nesota judge over­see­ing Prince’s es­tate will wait for ap­peals to be ex­hausted be­fore mak­ing a fi­nal de­ter­mi­na­tion on who will in­herit a for­tune that could be worth around $200 mil­lion, he said at a hear­ing Thurs­day.

But Carver County District Judge Kevin Eide also made it clear the late su­per­star’s six con­firmed si­b­lings are the likely heirs. Prince left no known will when he died in April of a painkiller over­dose. The judge al­ready has re­jected claims from sev­eral other peo­ple to be Prince’s child, si­b­ling or wife.

“The court can­not make a de­ter­mi­na­tion of who the heirs are un­til these ap­peals are ex­hausted,” Eide said. That process typ­i­cally takes sev­eral months or more.

Prince’s sis­ter, Tyka Nel­son, and his five half­si­b­lings also want Comer­ica Bank and Trust to take over run­ning the es­tate from tem­po­rary spe­cial ad­min­is­tra­tor Bre­mer Trust. At­tor­neys for the two in­sti­tu­tions said they ex­pect a han­dover at the end of the month.

Eide also heard tes­ti­mony but did not im­me­di­ately rule on whether he should ap­point an in­di­vid­ual as a “co-per­sonal rep­re­sen­ta­tive,” or co-ex­ecu­tor, to act in part as a go-be­tween Prince’s si­b­lings and Comer­ica. Both can­di­dates were Prince in­sid­ers.

Prince’s four older half­si­b­lings, Sharon, Nor­rine and John Nel­son, and Al­fred Jack­son, want en­ter­tain­ment lawyer L. Lon­dell McMil­lan, who served the mu­si­cian for 13 years as his at­tor­ney, ad­viser and friend. He helped ex­tri­cate Prince from his con­tract with Warner Bros. in the days when Prince was writ­ing “slave” on his cheek and dropped his name in fa­vor of an un­pro­nounce­able sym­bol. McMil­lian also has rep­re­sented Michael Jack­son and Ste­vie Won­der, and is cur­rently over­see­ing Prince’s en­ter­tain­ment as­sets.

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