Prince heirs, estate trust quarrel over business as Paisley Park prepares to open

- With Paisley Park set to open its doors to public tours in just one week, lawyers involved in the case of Prince’s estate returned to court in Carver County, Minnesota on Thursday. The 6 presumed heirs and the trust overseeing the estate continue to disagree on confidential business agreements.

In July, Carver County Judge Kevin Eide certified 6 presumptive heirs: Prince’s sister, Tyka Nelson, and 5 half-siblings -- Sharon Nelson, Norrine Nelson, John Nelson, Alfred Jackson and Omarr Baker.

More than 30 other people have filed claims to the estate as potential heirs, but have been ruled out. When the dust settled, it was actually the original 6 extended family members identified in Tyka Nelson’s first filing that got certified by the court as presumptive heirs. A number of people have filed an appeal to the July 29 order that certified the heirs and tossed the claims of others.

Three weeks ago, a constitutional challenge was filed by the attorneys representing Brianna and Victoria Nelson, who claim they are Prince’s niece and grandniece. Brianna and Victoria are the daughter and granddaughter of the late Duane Nelson. They claim Duane was a half-sibling of Prince, and that they are entitled to a share of the estate. The constitutional challenge concerns the court-established protocol that requires they verify their claims of heirship with genetic testing. They argue the DNA testing in the court-ordered protocol violated the equal protection clauses of the Minnesota Constitution and U.S. Constitution.

Prince’s estate is estimated at $100 million to $300 million. A massive state and federal tax bill is due on Jan. 21, 2017.

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