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Singer Prince's Family Shut Down In Estate Money Battle

By Ryan Naumann

The late singer Prince’s siblings have suffered a setback in their battle with the estate over money.

According to court documents obtained by The Blast, a judge has denied a petition for compensation filed by Prince’s heirs, Sharon, Norrine and John Nelson. Recently, the three went to court asking for help. They claim to be currently living, “solely on their pension, social security, personal savings and loans from friends to cover the costs needed to support the Prince Estate despite the millions paid to advisors, attorneys and others approved by the Court.”

Sharon, Norrine and John accused the estate representative, Comerica Bank, of not paying a dime out to Prince’s family. They were frustrated with the estate paying $20 million out to lawyers and advisors. Prince left his estate behind to be distributed by his six siblings.

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The heirs said they provided countless hours helping with estate matters but weren’t paid a dime. They asked the court to approve $20,000 a month payment to them. They argued, “Comerica, on behalf of the Estate, has simply used the Heirs efforts and desire to be helpful and informed as gratuitous labor, taking advantage of the Heirs time, advice, services and work provided without wages or compensation, unlike all others who have been excessively paid millions of dollars for their time.”

Comerica Bank asked the court to deny the heirs petition saying they still had a lot of work out before distributions could be made. The estate said they have been dealing with a major IRS issue which took priority.


In the court order, the judge expresses his sympathy to the heirs and their financial issues. He wrote, “The court is sympathetic to SNJ’s frustrations at seeing virtually everyone affiliated with the Estate being paid for their services, while the Heirs are left waiting on final distributions.”

The judge says he doesn’t have the authority to grant the heirs petition. He points to the estate’s ongoing IRS issue. The order reads, “Because the Court lacks authority the grant SNJ’s Petition, because even if it had the authority to grant SNJ’s Petition, doing so would create an unlawful and unreasonable potential liability for the Personal Representative.”

As The Blast previously reported, Prince's former LA mansion recently hit the market for $30 million.

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