A judge recently denied the claims of two women in the Prince estate case, saying that state law did not support them as heirs. The two women reportedly based their heirship claim on the fact that they were related to a man who was close -- but not biologically part of -- Prince's family.
According to reports, Prince even referred to this man as his brother on at least one occasion. Prince's father had a close relationship to the man -- one that some are calling fatherly in nature. But court documents note that the man is not biologically related to Prince, so the judge said that the two women are not heirs to the estate.
The woman and her niece might have been turned away, but the woman's half-brother is also staking a claim and says that Prince's father had intentions of adopting the man in question. While it's unclear if adoptive intent would change the matter for the judge, the judge has given the plaintiff until Nov. 25 to produce evidence of this claim.
As it stands, there are only six legal heirs to the estate. That includes Prince's sister and five half-siblings. The court has been reviewing evidence and claims from other potential heirs for months, and as such, the estate has been unable to move forward in probate. Once all heir matters are decided, the court will begin the process of applying state laws to the dividing of assets. Those assets should be fairly substantial and include numerous creative rights to Prince's work.
While most people in Kentucky aren't dealing with estates the size of Prince's, these matters are still relevant. If you don't lay out your wishes via a will, the court will follow estate law to divide your assets. If you don't communicate about your heirs now, people may be left wondering after you are gone.
Source: ABC News, "Minnesota Judge Drops 2 From Claim to Prince's Estate," Christopher Watson, Oct. 27, 2016