The artist Prince died on Thursday, April 21, 2016, and did not leave behind a will, according to his sister Tyka. She filed papers in a Minnesota court on April 26, 2016, in which she states that, to the best of her knowledge, there was no will. This was done as part of a filing that would permit the court to appoint a special administrator. This is the term used when a state grants a person the power to handle the affairs of the deceased when there is no will.
In order for this proceeding in court to go forward, the state must decide who could inherit from the estate. For purposes of this filing, Tyka identified Prince’s siblings as being entitled to his estate. Without a will, all of the siblings will be given equal shares of the estate.
These court filings generally provide a road map of anyone who would be permitted to inherit from the estate. In the case of Prince, these individuals include the putative beneficiaries named in the papers that were filed, such as John, Norrine, Sharon, Alfred, and Omarr. All of these people named are the half-siblings of the deceased artist. Tyka also listed herself as a potential beneficiary. The court filing leaves the possibility open for other potential heirs to be identified after an investigation.
By Bob Reinhard
Edited by Jeanette Smith
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