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John Singleton's Mother Named Executor of His Estate

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By Daniel Goldblatt

The mother of John Singleton has been named the executor of his estate following a lengthy legal battle with the director's daughter.

According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Sheila Ward was given full authority to administer Singleton's estate.

Ward filed Singleton's will with the court back in May, which called for her to be the executor of the estate.

But Singleton's daughter, Cleopatra, objected to her grandmother's request to be named special administrator of the estate. Ward had claimed she needed the power ASAP but Cleopatra claimed that Ward was trying to give the court the "runaround" with her petition.

Cleopatra argued, "If the Court believes there is an immediate need for letters of special administration, Ms. Singleton requests that the powers be limited to collecting assets, paying regular obligations of the estate, and depositing income. Ms. Singleton further requests that a bond be required for the assets that Petitioner anticipates are present and will be received."

As the two were battling it out, Ward filed for an emergency petition to be named special administrator of his estate and accused someone of taking things from his house and giving them out without permission.

In her filing, Ward claimed that Singleton's "personal property is at risk." She said that Singleton secured his valuables in a locked office located in his home but claimed that the locked office "was recently breached by a third party and items were removed and distributed without authorization to a beneficiary who believed that he was protecting the assets from other beneficiaries."

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