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Supreme Court Judge Overturns Attorney General’s Settlement Of James Brown’s Estate

Via NYPost

The South Carolina Supreme Court yesterday overturned a settlement dividing up the multimillion-dollar estate of James Brown, saying a former attorney general didn’t follow the late soul singer’s wishes in putting together the deal.

State Attorney General Henry McMaster brokered a settlement in 2009 that split Brown’s estate, giving nearly half to a charitable trust, a quarter to his widow, Tomi Rae Hynie, and leaving the rest to be split among his adult children.

But the justices ruled that the deal ignored Brown’s wishes for most of his money to go to charity.

The court also ruled the Godfather of Soul was of sound mind when he made his will before dying of heart failure on Christmas Day 2006 at age 73.

The court sent the estate back to a lower court to be reconsidered.

The justices did agree with the lower court’s decision to remove Brown’s original trustees.

Members of Brown’s family said they wanted them gone because the trustees mismanaged the estate until it was almost broke.

The court said it had no idea what the estate was worth, giving an estimate of $5 million to more than $100 million.

Moral of the story: Don’t mess with the will of the Soul Brother Number 1.

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