A year-long battle over Prince's estate got one step closer to being resolved on Friday, the Associated Press reported. A Minnesota judge ruled that his six siblings, some of whom are estranged from the music icon, are the heirs to his roughly $200 million estate.
Carver County District Judge Kevin Eide declared that Prince died without a will and that his heirs are his sister, Tyka Nelson, and five half-siblings - Sharon Nelson, Norrine Nelson, John R. Nelson, Omarr Baker and Alfred Jackson.
The judge's decision comes in the midst of appeals that are still pending from people whose claims of heirship were initially rejected. More than 45 people filed claims identifying as Prince's wife, children, siblings or other relatives after the singer died of a drug overdose in April 2016. Judge Eide said that if appellate courts send any rejected claimants back to him, he'll consider them. That being said, Eide added that Prince's assets won't be distributed without a formal order and nothing will be distributed that might adversely affect the pending appeals.
Attorneys representing those who filed appeals said that their clients interests would be harmed if the district court didn't wait out the appeals process before naming the heirs.
Though the estate has an estimated worth of about $200 million, federal and state estate taxes are expected to consume half of the value.
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