Queen of Soul, as late Aretha Franklin was popularly called died without leaving a will behind.
New York Times reports that documents have already been filed at a Michigan court on Tuesday , which could lay bare the details of her estate .
In documents filed with the Oakland County probate court , Ms. Franklin’ s sons — Clarence, Edward and KeCalf Franklin , and Ted White Jr. — listed themselves as “ interested parties . ”
One document, signed by KeCalf Franklin , checked a box indicating that “ the decedent died intestate, ” or without a will .
The sons also nominated Sabrina Owens, a niece of Ms. Franklin , to be the estate ’s personal representative , a role similar to that of an executor.
David Bennett , a lawyer representing Ms. Franklin ’s estate , did not respond to requests for comment from the New York Times .