A judge overseeing Prince's estate on Thursday announced he will wait for appeals to be exhausted before making a final determination on who will inherit a fortune that could be worth around $200 million.
Carver County District Judge Kevin Eide at a hearing Thursday said the late superstar's six confirmed siblings are the likely heirs, although Prince did not leave a will prior to his death in April of a painkiller overdose.
The judge has rejected claims from several other people to be Prince's child, sibling or wife.
"The court cannot make a determination of who the heirs are until these appeals are exhausted," Eide said. That process typically takes several months or more.
Prince's sister, Tyka Nelson, and his five half-siblings also want Comerica Bank and Trust to take over running the estate from temporary special administrator Bremer Trust. Attorneys for the two institutions said they expect a handover at the end of the month.
Eide also heard testimony but did not immediately rule on whether he should appoint an individual as a "co-personal representative," to act in part as a go-between Prince's siblings and Comerica. Both candidates were Prince insiders.
Court filings suggest the estate is worth around $200 million. The estate faces a Jan. 21 tax filing deadline. Federal and state estate taxes are expected to gobble up about half the value, although the estate can pay over time.
--The Associated Press contributed to this report.