Trustee says questions remain in James Brown estate settlement

AIKEN -- Lawyers, trustees and family members of the late James Brown began a new round of court discussions this morning over settlement of the entertainer's estate, but many issues appeared unresolved.

 

Adele Pope, a trustee appointed to manage the estate of the world famous performer who died in 2006, told Judge Jack Early there are so many questions about a proposed settlement agreement, that she would probably appeal any decision the court might reach.

Ms. Pope called ridiculous a suggestion that a settlement has to be reached soon or it will never be accomplished.

At the end of a January hearing, Judge Early had told attorneys, relatives of Mr. Brown and the trustees that they need to work out their differences.

According to the proposed agreement, the parties would acknowledge Tomi Rae Brown as the singer's legal wife at the time of his death.

The agreement also states that all children and grandchildren mentioned are Mr. Brown's lawful heirs and will not have to undergo DNA testing if it is approved.

The settlement stipulates that any assets and proceeds received through the estate will be divided -- 50 percent to the charitable trust; 25 percent to Ms. Brown, which includes any share to James Brown II; and 25 percent to Larry Brown, Daryl Brown, Venisha Brown, Deanna Brown Thomas and Yamma N. Brown.

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