Aretha Franklin’s lawyer Gregory Reed is said to be suing the late singer’s estate for nearly $54,000 in legal bills dating back until 2012.
The Queen of Soul died aged 76 in August earlier this year with a reported net worth of $80 million.
In fresh documents obtained by TMZ, the lawyer said he had trouble collecting what he claims he was owed by the singer for the last six years.
The firm state they provided the chart-topping songstress with a number of services including negotiations on her final record with Atlantic Records.
TMZ reported the last payment Reed’s firm received was a payment of $10,000 in August 2012, six years ago.
Aretha didn’t leave a will behind so her four sons Clarence, 63, Edward, 61, Ted, 54, and Kecalf, 48, will have to wait to find out what they are entitled to.
The Respect hitmaker’s lawyer based in Los Angeles for 30 years, Don Wilson, explained the chart-topping singer just didn’t get round to making her will.
He said: ‘I tried to convince her that she should do not just a will but a trust while she was still alive.
‘She never told me, “No, I don’t want to do one.” She understood the need. It just didn’t seem to be something she got around to.’
In August, Aretha died at 9.50am from pancreatic cancer at her home in Detroit surrounded by her family and friends.
The family statement read: ‘The official cause of death was due to advanced pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, which was confirmed by Franklin’s onocologist Dr. Philip Phillips of Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit.’
Aretha passed away aged 76 at 9.50am in her home in Detroit surrounded by family and friends in August earlier this year.
She owned her estate as well as several properties in Detroit and she maintained the ownership of the songs she wrote, with the exception of her popular titles including Respect.
Having worked on the estate of the late Prince who died without a will in 2016, Kenneth Abdo revealed the Internal Revenue Service will carry out an audit.