James Brown Estate Battle Continues

Posted on August 10th, 2011 No Comments

The battle over the estate of James Brown continues.

According to court documents, the trustee of the late soul singer’s estate, Adele Pope, has asked the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office to get involved in the estate battle. Pope wants the Attorney General’s office to verify the value of the singer’s estate.

The original trustees claimed the estate is worth more than $85 million. Current trustees claim the “Godfather of Soul’s” estate was worth only $5 million dollars when he died. Pope questions that assertion. In a complaint filed last week in Newberry County, she asked the court for the final version and all drafts of a document called the James Brown Legacy Trust, which she says should be public record.

Brown’s surviving family members have filed a lawsuit against Pope and her fellow trustees seeking restitution. The family previously objected to Pope’s selection of several irreplaceable family heirlooms to auction to pay estate expenses, including a Grammy Award.

If you need assistance preparing your estate, please contact the Houston estate planning lawyers of Garg & Associates, P.C., by calling 281-362-2965.

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