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Possible new leads in Prince probate dispute

The battle over the multimillion-dollar estate of famous musician and former Minneapolis resident Prince continues. As of this writing, no will has surfaced.

Interestingly, though, another law firm in Minnesota has come forward in the case, asking the probate judge whether or not it had permission to share information it had with the firm that has been acting as the special administrator for Prince's estate. While the law firm wanted to assist the administrator in identifying the rightful heirs of Prince's fortune, it had concerns about doing so voluntarily, as the information was confidential and protected by the attorney-client privilege.

What the information that the law firm holds is and how it might be helpful is hard to guess since there are so few details available about it. The probate judge in the case only described the law firm's information as "potentially relevant" but did not specify what that information was. The judge did give the law firm permission to disclose the information to the administrator.

Since the artist's death in late April and during the ensuing probate litigation, more than 12 people claiming to be siblings or half-siblings to him have come forward to claim a portion of the estate. Additionally, several people have also come forward claiming to be the musician's children. As Prince did not at least publically acknowledge having surviving children, those claiming Prince as their father will have to submit to DNA testing in order to prove their claims. The specifics of these tests are considered confidential, and details of them have therefore been hard to determine.

Source: USA Today, "Law firm with 'relevant' info on Prince heirs asked to share with estate," Maria Puente, July 13, 2016.

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