Special administrator appointed over Prince’s estate

prince2The first step in determining what happens with Prince’s estate took place on Monday as a Minnesota judge confirmed that Bremer Trust will be appointed as the special administrator over his assets.

Prince’s sister and only living blood relative Tyka Nelson requested after the singer’s death that Bremer Trust be given the position they were awarded on Monday. Nelson as well as Prince’s half-siblings John Nelson, Norrine Nelson, Sharon Nelson, Alfred Jackson, Omarr Baker and the late Lorna Nelson have all been listed as heirs, with all of them but John Nelson signing off on the appointment of the special administrator.

Per the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Alfred Jackson’s attorney Frank Wheaton said the heirs were “all on the same page” right now although more claims on Prince’s estate could surface in the weeks ahead.

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“It’s early yet, the game has just started. You never know,” Wheaton said. “In these kinds of cases, especially dealing with large estates, it’s typical for there to be fruitless claims throughout. Fortunately, there have been no unfair surprises and no shocks.”

No will to Prince’s estate has been found, although the Star-Tribune reports Bremer Trust is still looking for one. Minnesota state law will decide how Prince’s estate is divided if no will is produced.

What happens from here will not only determine how Prince’s estate is handled but also what happens with his reportedly enormous collection of unreleased music. The vault below his Paisley Park home containing his music — allegedly enough to fill 100 albums — was drilled open over the weekend.

It could be quite some time before we know whether or not the world will ever hear that music, but what might be in there could add to the late star’s already massive legacy.

“I’ve never said this before, but I didn’t always give the record companies the best song,” Prince told Rolling Stone in 2014. “There are songs in the vault that no one’s ever heard. There are several vaults; it’s not just one vault.”

Photo credit: By Yves Lorson from Kapellen, Belgium (Prince) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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