Prince’s sister Tyka has filed legal documents in the first round of what many observers believe will be a nasty legal tussle over the late singer’s estate. TMZ.com reports that Tyka filed papers to open a probate case, indicating that to her knowledge Prince did not leave a will.
“TMZ has obtained probate documents filed in Minnesota, in which Tyka asks the judge to appoint a ‘special administrator.’ Under Minnesota law, a special administrator is someone who is appointed when there is no executor named in a will,” the website reports.
The report quotes Tyka saying in the documents: “I do not know of the existence of a will and have no reason to believe that the decedent executed testamentary documents in any form.” TMZ notes that in the absence of a will the estate would be divided equally among Prince’s siblings.
“Tyka lists the people who are potential beneficiaries … all of whom are half brothers and sisters,” TMZ notes. “They are John, Norrine, Sharon, Alfred and Omarr. They are all living siblings of Prince. She also says she’s an heir entitled to her cut.” Other potential heirs are apparently still to be identified.