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Prince's Will: Sister Says There Isn't One, Others Hope There Is

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Tyka Nelson outside Paisley Park, the home of her brother Prince. (AP Photo/Steve Karnowski)

By    |   Wednesday, 27 Apr 2016 10:36 AM

Pop superstar Prince didn’t have a will when he died last week at age 57, said his sister Tyka Nelson who has asked a Minnesota probate court to appoint a corporate trust company to oversee his estate. Some, however, think a will may still surface.

Nelson is his only surviving full sibling, but her court filing on Tuesday listed five half-siblings who also stand to share in the estate, The Associated Press reported.

The size of Prince’s estate is unclear. The singer owned a dozen properties in and around his Paisley Park complex in suburban Minneapolis worth about $27 million.

A will could surface in coming weeks, as Minnesota law allows individuals to file wills with probate courts in secret, Rolling Stone reported. If such a will exists it could surface once a death certificate is filed after autopsy results are released.

Prince and Tyka Nelson were born to jazz singer Mattie Baker and jazz pianist John Nelson, who split when the two children were young, CNN reported. Prince’s half-siblings included Duane Nelson, the former head of security at Paisley Park, who died in 2013.

Surviving half-siblings listed as heirs include three half-brothers, John Nelson, Alfred Jackson and Omar Baker; and two half-sisters, Norrine and Sharon Nelson, The New York Times reported, noting that settling the estate could be complicated if no will is discovered.

“It could be a huge tragedy,” Howard E. King, a veteran entertainment lawyer in Los Angeles who represented Prince in the past told the Times. “You could have a difference in valuation of hundreds of millions of dollars depending on whether the right people get in there to manage the legacy of Prince.”

The estate includes a voluminous collection of unreleased recordings.

“Prince was a major star and a cultural influencer, but he was a human being,” said Kenneth J. Abdo, an entertainment lawyer in Minneapolis, according to the Times. “It comes down to taking care of business. If you don’t take care of it, you’re leaving a mess to the family or the courts.”

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Pop superstar Prince didn’t have a will when he died last week at age 57, said his sister Tyka Nelson who has asked a Minnesota probate court to appoint a corporate trust company to oversee his estate. Some, however, think a will may still surface.
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