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Aretha Franklin's Sister-In-Law Demands $43,000 For Caring For Singer in Months Before Death

By Ryan Naumann

Aretha Franklin’s sister-in-law is demanding the late singer’s estate pay her $43,000, for taking care of the singer in the months before her death.

According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Earline Franklin has filed a claim against Aretha’s estate seeking to be paid for “caregiver” services for the months of April through August 2018.

Aretha passed away on August 16, 2018. Earline was married to the singer’s brother Cecil Franklin.

The claim is seeking $16,740 (April), $17,298 (May), $16,470 (June), $17,298 (July) and $4,464 (August). She is also asking for $5,000 for “Return of Air Force Military Flag”.

Earline wants the bill paid immediately and in full. The estate is currently going through many disputes.

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Earlier this year, Kecalf Franklin went to court to file docs seeking to take complete control of Aretha’s estate and wants 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.

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

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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 and the scheduled MGM biopic about Aretha’s life.

The heir even claimed they have been given no information about the investigation of 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.

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

She said inventory hasn’t been done yet but blamed the heirs for delays. Owens was adamant Kecalf and the other siblings have been updated constantly about the business affairs.

Owens also revealed since police did not press charges over alleged stolen property of Franklins, the estate is preparing a civil lawsuit. She asked the court to deny all requests by Kecalf and keep her on.


Recently, Kecalf went to court accusing the personal representative of the estate of failing to tell him or his siblings about a variety of issues.

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.

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.

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