Aretha Franklin’s son is trying to find answers about nearly $1 million his mother left behind in uncashed checks.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Kecalf Franklin is back in court demanding the personal representative of Aretha’s estate answer questions. Kecalf and the personal representative, Sabrina Owens (who is also his cousin), are battling it out over control of the estate. Kecalf has been attempting to remove Owens and place himself in charge of all matters.
In newly filed documents, Kecalf continues to press his belief that Owens has not performed the duties of a personal representative and failed to keep Aretha’s heirs in the loop of important business decisions and inventory of her property and assets.
He accuses Owens of handing over an incomplete list of Aretha’s inventory which failed to include “bank statements, tax bills or appraisals of the value of the homes or blue book values for the vehicles.”
Kecalf also has questions about uncashed personal checks from Sound Exchange (music royalties) and Screen Writers Guild in the amount of $702,711.90 and uncashed checks from EMI and other music companies in the amount of $285,944.27. The total amount of uncashed checks comes to $988,656.17.
He claims Owens has failed to give an accurate description of the assets owned by Aretha on the date of her death.
Kecalf is demanding the court not quash the subpoenas he fired off for Aretha’s financial records from her attorney, and the lawyer made to turn over the records.