Aretha Franklin's ex-husband wants a cut of her music royalties - Detroit Free Press
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Aretha Franklin's ex-husband wants a cut of her music royalties - Detroit Free Press

A family feud appears to be brewing over the estate of the Queen of Soul.

  (Photo: Fred Prouser, Reuters) "There is a dispute between the estate and Ms. Franklin's ex-husband, the father to one of the heirs, regarding music royalties," David Bennett, a lawyer for the estate, wrote in a pleading filed Thursday.

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  Probate court records show that in December, the Internal Revenue Service filed a claim in Oakland County Probate Court, alleging the Franklin estate owed about $6.3 million in back taxes and penalties.

  An attorney for the estate told the Associated Press that at least $3 million in back taxes had been paid back to the IRS since Franklin's death.

  In response to questions about contracts for professional services by the estate, Bennett wrote in a pleading that the estate had hired an accountant, Michael C. Applebaum, to help with Franklin's 2018 tax return as well as future returns.