The eldest son of Aretha Franklin, Clarence Franklin, might be excluded from the will of his parents, as he has special needs.
Franklin was 12 when she gave birth to her son, Clarence. After her passing due to cancer, her children started to argue over the estated Franklin had. As Clarence was diagnosed with mental diseases, he might be excluded from the will.
Aretha was born in 1942. She was one of the most talented, respected and successful American musicians.
In 1955, she gave birth to her son, Clarence, at the age of 12. She named her son after her father, Clarence LaVaughn Franklin.
As Aretha’s pregnancy was not a planned one, she had struggled. But she received support from her family. Her older sister, Erma, had shared that Aretha had returned to her school after she gave birth to Clarence.
And their parents had supported Aretha to follow her dreams, as they didn’t stopped her after she gave birth to Clarence.
“It was also understood that our future as women – our education and our career – would not be compromised because of these early births.” Erma said.
Clarence LaVaughn Franklin had saw his daughters as stars, and never acted as if they were housewives.
As many people had thought that Clarence’s father was Donald Burke, in 2019, from the will of Aretha, she had revealed that her son, Clarence’s father was Edward Jordan Sr. Father of her second son, Edward Jr.
In her will she explained that Edward was not an attentive father, as she wanted he will never touch the money and properties Clarence would have.
After his mother, Clarence had followed his mother too, and wrote some songs, which Aretha sang. As he was diagnosed with mental illness, he had spent time in facilities.
On the August of 2019, Clarence lived outside Detroit, with a group home. Where he is currently is not known.
Aretha had three more sons. Her second son, Edward Jr. was born in 1957, when Aretha was 14. Then Ted Jr. was born in 1964 from her marriage with Ted White. And she gave birth to Kecalf Cunningham, in 1970, from her relationship with Ken Cunningham.
Clarence, Kecalf, and Edward Jr. Were raised in the same house in Detroit. After Clarence moved to a facility, the relationship they had decreased.
Aretha’s will had created a conflict between the siblings, as they stated that Aretha left no will, and the handwritten paper found under the cushions had changed things.
If there were no will to be found, the wealth of Aretha was going to be split among her children equally.
Aretha’s cousin, Sabrina Owens was appointed as the representer of Aretha’s property.
As Aretha’s wills had changed many things, the last one found in 2014 was stating that Clarence was not a beneficiary. Aretha wanted her son’s needs to be fulfilled and cared.
Jon B. Munger, the guardian of Clarence had stated that the wills can’t be confirmed that Aretha wrote them.
Edward Jr. and Kecalf wanted 2014 will to be counted as the legal one, and Ted Jr. wanted from the court to count all of the found wills, and wanted to be named as the representative of the property.
And in 2021, the fourth will had surfaced. The eight page will was written in 2018, and it was named as a draft, and didn’t had Aretha’s signature on it.
Michigan lawyer David P. Lucas had stated that under Michigan law the court would accept the will even though it has no signature from Aretha.
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