Judge approves aggressive timeline in Prince estate case

Published 10:07 am Tuesday, June 7, 2016

CHASKA — A Minnesota judge on Monday approved an aggressive timeline for testing claims of heirship to Prince’s estate.

In a one-page order, Carver County District Judge Kevin Eide approved a protocol proposed by the trust company overseeing his affairs. It gives existing claimants until Friday to file sworn statements detailing their claims to have a genetic relationship with Prince that would make them heirs, since no will has surfaced.

New claimants will get a week from filing their initial notices to file the three-page questionnaires, which ask for details on parentage, along with supporting documents such as claimants’ birth and parents’ marriage certificates.

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The special administrator would let claimants know within three days whether their claimed familial relationship is already established as a matter of law, or if DNA testing is necessary. Those rejected could file objections with the judge.

The claimants so far include Prince’s sister, Tyka Nelson, several half-siblings, a Colorado prison inmate who says Prince was his father and others.

The next hearing is June 27.