Who’s Getting Aretha Franklin’s Fur Coats? Ain’t No Way of Telling Without a Will

Guess she didn't think.

Aretha Franklin passed away at the age of 76 last week, but according to court documents, the Queen of Soul didn't leave instructions for who she'll pass her assets on to.

According to the Detroit Free Press, Franklin's four surviving sons have listed themselves as "interested parties" in documents filed with local probation court, in which they confirmed their mother died without a will.

Her sons also nominated Franklin's niece to be the estate's personal representative.

Per Michigan law—where the late singer is from and where she passed at her home in Detroit—an unmarried person who dies without a will's assets are passed on to their children and divided equally.

Franklin’s former attorney, Don Wilson, told the outlet he tried to get the "Ain't No Way" singer to prepare trust for years, but she never did.

"Nobody likes to give careful thought to their own demise," he said.

The late singer's decision to not create a will before she died could result in a court battle over her assets by creditors or extended family members seeking a portion of her estate—and fur coats.

"I just hope [her] estate doesn't end up getting so hotly contested," Wilson said. "Any time they don't leave a trust or will, there always ends up being a fight."

Following scheduled public viewings at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History (Aug. 28-29) and New Bethel Baptist Church (Aug. 30), Franklin's funeral will be held on Aug. 31 at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit.

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