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Aretha Franklin’s Son Attempts To Take Control of Late Singer’s Estate Over Alleged Mismanagement

By Ryan Naumann

One of Aretha Franklin’s sons is taking steps to try and take over complete control of his late mother’s estate and a nasty battle is brewing.

According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Kecalf Franklin is demanding the court remove the estate’s personal representative, Sabrina Owens.

He accuses her of mismanaging the estate and failing to perform her duties. Kecalf is requesting the judge appoint him as the successor and allow him to completely manage all aspects of Franklin’s business.

In his recent filing, he claims Owens has failed to provide the heirs with any accounting or inventory of his mother’s property and assets. He wants a full list of her jewelry, masters, Grammys, gold records and other awards.

Owens fired back denying Kecalf’s allegations that she left the heirs in the dark. She claims to be handling all responsibilities of the estate on time and properly.

She says an inventory hasn’t been done yet but blames the heirs for any delays. The rep points out that she did deny Kecalf a request to use a Mercedes Benz owned by Aretha, but she is adamant Kecalf and the other siblings have been updated constantly about the business affairs.

Owens also reveals that since police did not press charges over the alleged stolen property of Franklin, the estate is preparing a civil lawsuit. She is asking the court to deny all requests by Kecalf and to keep her in the position.

Earlier this month, Kecalf went to court accusing the personal representative of the estate of failing to tell him or his siblings about a variety of issues. He called Owens out for not communicating about the new business deals being negotiated. Kecalf claimed to know nothing about the announced television show Genius, or the scheduled MGM biopic about Aretha’s life,

He also had problems with certain personal property being removed from her home and placed at the personal rep’s attorney’s office. Kecalf says this is not a safe, secure or impartial place to house the items.

The heir even claimed they have been given no information about the investigation into her music catalog worth or the investigation of forgery of her checks. He also wants information about the audits being done on her IRS tax returns from 2012 – 2018.

As The Blast previously reported, the estate rep recently claimed to have found three handwritten wills that Franklin left in secret spots around her home. The documents filed in the probate explain a meeting was held with Franklin's heirs, but they have not been able to agree on the validity of any of the handwritten wills.

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