Aretha Franklin’s sons fight over control of her property

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Aretha Franklin died in Detroit, which is where she spent most of her childhood and adult life.

Aretha Franklin’s son Teddy Jr. has gone to court to battle his brothers, Kecalf and Edward, over control of their mother’s estate.

Theodore “Teddy” White II is asking a judge to shut down Kecalf Franklin’s attempt to remove the current personal representative and put himself in charge.

Teddy Jr. is the son of Franklin and her first husband Teddy White.

Teddy denies his brother Kecalf Franklin’s accusations about the personal rep, Sabrina Owens, not keeping Franklin’s kids in the loop of the current business matters.

He does believe the handwritten wills found by Owens at Franklin’s home are legit. He says the most recent will drafted by his mother put him in charge of the estate.

He says the will shows she wrote out “Teddy” “Kecalf” and “Sabrina” but then crossed out Kecalf’s name.

Teddy is requesting the judge appoint him as Co-Personal Representative of the estate along with Sabrina Owens.

Last month, Kecalf went to court to file documents seeking to take complete control of Aretha’s estate and wanted Owens removed ASAP. He accused her of mismanaging the estate and failing to perform her duties. Kecalf requested the judge appoint him as the successor and allow him to completely manage all aspects of Franklin’s business.

Aretha’s son Edward Franklin also filed docs backing his brother Kecalf in the move to remove the current personal representative of the estate and put himself in charge.

Aretha Franklin died at home in Detroit in 2018 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

She spent most of her childhood and adult life in Detroit.

Hauwa Abu