Lawyers may have ‘potentially relevant’ info on Prince heirs

Published 10:13 am Thursday, July 14, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS — A Minnesota law firm may have “potentially relevant” information for determining who should inherit Prince’s estate, a judge said in an order released Wednesday that didn’t hint at what that information might be, though one expert said it’s probably not a will.

Carver County Judge Kevin Eide gave permission to Minneapolis law firm Henson & Efron, which formerly represented Prince, to privately share its information with Bremer Trust, the special administrator overseeing Prince’s estate.

The order, dated July 6 but not released until Wednesday, said Henson & Efron “might possess confidential information potentially relevant to the determination of the appropriate beneficiaries” of the musician’s estate. It gave no details about that information.

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Prince died in April of an accidental drug overdose. No will has surfaced for how to divide his fortune, which the special administrator has said could be worth up to $300 million. The court hasn’t ruled on whether his siblings and half-siblings or other potential relatives should be designated as his heirs, or whether a handful of people who’ve made unverified claims that Prince might be their father have valid claims to his estate.