Judge Presiding Over Prince Estate is Not Rushing Process to Decide Who Inherits

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Untangling the tangled Prince estate case is going to take longer than anyone anticipated, the probate judge indicated in Minnesota Monday. 

As would-be heirs to Prince Rogers Nelson’s millions and their small army of lawyers (nearly two-dozen) huddled in court in Chaska, Minn., for a hearing, Carver County District Judge Kevin Eide said he is in no hurry to decide who can get a piece of the superstar’s fortune.

The issue at the hearing is the process for determining who is and is not a relative of Prince eligible to inherit. Among other matters, DNA tests may be required of claimants, under Minnesota law, depending on their claimed relationship.

Eide says it will take a while to make those decisions. And he says he may forward the questions about determining parentage to a higher court for legal guidance, drawing out the process even longer.

At the close of the hearing, he indicated his preliminary ruling won’t come for at least two weeks

Prince died at his Paisley Park compound in Carver County outside Minneapolis on April 21, the result of an accidental painkiller overdose. His death is still under investigation by the local sheriff.

No will has been found, after the estate special administrator, Bremer Trust, examined thousands of boxes of documents in four different locations, according to David Crosby, attorney for the trust.

“We’ve looked under every box lid … The inquiry is coming to a close very soon,” Crosby said.

With no will, it’s up to the judge to preside over the organization of his estate — believed to be worth hundreds of millions and growing every day — and its distribution to his heirs, not to mention preservation and marketing of his musical legacy.

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Source: USA Today | Maria Puente