Aretha Franklin Died Intestate: What Does It Mean for Her Family?

Brooke Swier Schloss
Estate Planning & Family Law Attorney

Aretha Franklin was known as the “Queen of Soul.” She was a singer, songwriter, civil rights activist, and so much more. Aretha was a great recording artist, with a career spanning many decades. She received honorary degrees from many prestigious universities, like NYU, Princeton, and Yale. She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005. In fact, we all owe her much “R-E-S-P-E-C-T,” just like the song for which she’s most famous.

Aretha died on August 13, 2018, at age 76, without any will or trust. In other words, she died intestate. There are many implications for her family.

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