Parties expect judge to approve settlement in James Brown case

Attorneys involved in the legal battle over James Brown's estate say a South Carolina judge could soon decide on a settlement that would end the fight over how to parcel out the singer's wealth.

A hearing in Aiken County Friday will center on a long-awaited settlement. It would give 50 percent to Brown's charitable trust to educate needy students; 25 percent to a woman claiming to be Brown's surviving spouse; and 25 percent to some of Brown's adult children.

Louis Levenson, an attorney for some of Brown's children, said the judge will likely give a decision on the settlement during the hearing.

Brown died in an Atlanta hospital Christmas Day 2006. For more than two years now, claims of unpaid debts, inadequate accounting and misappropriated funds have thrown into turmoil the soul singer's estate.

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