Judge Denies Petition by 3 Prince Heirs to Oust Estate Administrator

Comerica will continue to oversee Prince's estate, a judge ruled Monday. Photo: KSTP
Comerica will continue to oversee Prince's estate, a judge ruled Monday.

December 18, 2017 04:27 PM

A district court judge has denied a petition brought by three heirs to the Prince estate to remove Comerica Bank and Trust from its position as personal representative to the estate.

Attorneys for heirs Sharon Nelson, John Nelson and Norrine Nelson argued Comerica has failed to protect and manage assets, failed to protect the estate's music catalog from unauthorized use, lacks necessary business expertise, and hasn't adequately communicated with the heirs, among other grievances. 

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Attorneys for the other three heirs, Tyka Nelson, Omarr Baker and Alfred Jackson, argued against the petition.

Judge Kevin W. Eide on Monday denied the petition to remove Comerica as administrator and appointed retired justice James H. Gilbert to serve as a mediator between the trust and the heirs. 

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All six heirs initially supported the appointment of Comerica, Monday's ruling says. The trust and its attorneys have conducted twice-monthly meetings with the heirs, discussing the administration of the estate for about two hours during each meeting. They've also communicated via email with the heirs about every day, according to the ruling.

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