Aretha Franklin’s Will found under sofa

GEPP

25 July 2023

By Clare Nichols

A handwritten note found underneath the late Aretha Franklin’s sofa has named her son Kecalf Franklin as the executor of her estate. This discovery brings to an end a five-year long battle between the singer’s family as to who the legal executor is and who is to inherit the estate.

During the court hearing, Kecalf stated that it was not unusual for his mother to handle business on the couch and therefore he was not surprised for a Will to have been found under the sofa.

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