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James Brown heirs reach settlement deal over his estate

James Brown estate deal

James Brown's heirs have reached a settlement agreement following a 15-year battle over his estate.

The Godfather of Soul's estate is estimated to be worth $100 million, with his children, grandchildren and an alleged ex-wife all fighting over the money following his death in 2006. Numerous lawsuits followed, but it's now been revealed that all parties reached an agreement on July 9, according to David Black, an attorney representing Brown's estate.

While the terms of the agreement are to remain sealed, the New York Times reported the deal will mean the heirs - not including Brown's former partner Tomie Rae Hynie, who was eliminated as an heir after it was found she was married to someone else when she "wed" the singer in 2001 - will be given termination rights over Brown's pre-existing publishing deals.

They are also reportedly set to "fulfill Mr. Brown's noble estate plan to fund scholarships", estate administrator Russell L. Bauknight said in a statement.

It's the second time the heirs have reached a settlement deal - they previously reached a settlement in 2009 which was overturned in 2013, with then-South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster arguing that it didn't adhere to Brown's wishes as stated in his will.



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