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Aretha Franklin‘s estate is being sued by her lawyer. Gregory Reed claims he had trouble collecting what was owed to him by the Queen of Soul — who died in August 2018 at age 76 — while she was still alive and has filed documents seeking almost $54K to cover legal bills dating back to 2012.
In documents obtained by TMZ, the lawyer’s firm claimed they provided a number of services to the ‘Natural Woman’ singer, including negotiations on her final contract with Atlantic Records, but the last payment they received from her was in August 2012 for around $10,000.
It was revealed last month that the “I Say a Little Prayer” hitmaker hadn’t left a will, so her four sons, Clarence, 63, Edward, 61, Ted, 54, and Kecalf, 48, may have to wait years to find out how much of their mother’s estate they’re entitled to.
Franklin owned her estate, several properties in Detroit and maintained ownership of the songs she wrote — except her most popular singles like “Respect.”