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8 Cybaris Intell. Prop. L. Rev. 1 (2016-2017)

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    Hylton: Probating Prince's Estate: Who Will End Up With the Singer's Subs

CYBARIS®,   AN INTELLECTUAL   PROPERTY   LAW  REVIEW         1













PROBATING PRINCE'S ESTATE: WHO WILL END UP WITH
       THE  SINGER'S   SUBSTANTIAL INTELLECTUAL
                         PROPERTY?

BY J. GORDON  HYLTON, PROFESSOR OF LAW, UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA


I.  INTRODUCTION.                  ...............1............................

II. THE VALUATION  OF PRINCE'S ESTATE.    ............ ............ 2

III. WHO WILL ADMINISTER  PRINCE'S ESTATE?        ................... 7

IV. WHO  WILL INHERIT PRINCE'S ESTATE? ........   ............... 9

V.  WHAT  WLL  HAPPEN  IF A WLL IS FOUND? ................... 20

VI. UPDATE  (JULY 26, 2016). ...................... 24

                  I.      INTRODUCTION


        Within days after Prince's April 21, 2016 death, newspaper

and television stories concerning problems involving the legendary

performer's substantial estate began to appear. To begin with, it was

widely reported that the value of the estate of the 57-year old resident

of Chanhassen, Minnesota, could be worth as much as $300 million.

Moreover, the singer, born Prince Rogers Nelson, was not known to

have a will. 1 The supposed problems with the estate presented by the


' See generally Jon Pareles, Prince, an Artist Who Defied Genre, Is Dead at 57, N.Y.
TIMES (Apr. 22, 2016), http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/22/arts/music/prince-
dead.html?_r=0; Ben Sisario, Prince Died Without a Will, According to Court Documents
Filed by His Sister, N.Y. TIMES (Apr. 27, 2016),


Published by Mitchell Hamline Open Access, 2016

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