Prince estate case back in court in Chaska

Published 10:14 am Monday, June 27, 2016

By Tim Nelson FM

CHASKA — Prince’s estate case will be back in court Monday, as the legal battle continues over what will happen in the wake of the music icon’s death.

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A judge in Chaska will hear arguments about the proposed protocol that will be used to determine who may be related to Prince.

Carver County District Court Judge Kevin Eide appointed Bremer Trust to handle Prince’s affairs in April, after he died apparently without leaving a will. Bremer has since proposed a process to establish heirs. It includes a series of questions and allows Bremer to require people claiming to be heirs to undergo genetic testing.

All told, court records indicate 29 people have claimed to have some familial relationship to Prince, although some haven’t offered any credible evidence. One woman from Wisconsin claims she and Prince are both children of the late actor Paul Newman.

It isn’t clear if Monday’s court hearing will address any of those claims, although there are reports that at least one DNA test has been completed.