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Susan Link Provides Commentary to New York Daily News Article Titled, "Prince died without any evidence of a will, judge determines"

April 28, 2016

Susan Link, head of Maslon's Estate Planning Group, was interviewed by New York Daily News for an article titled "Prince died without any evidence of a will, judge determines." The article states that a Minnesota judge signed a ruling saying Prince died intestate based on a petition filed Tuesday by his sister, Tyka Nelson, stating that “[u]nder Minnesota law, the assets left behind by the ‘Purple Rain’ artist would be distributed among his brothers and sisters” which include Tyka and half-siblings John Nelson, Norrine Nelson, Sharon Nelson, Alfred Jackson, and Omar Baker as heirs in her petition. The article reports that the judge agreed to appoint Prince's bank, Bremer Trust, as Special Administrator of the estate and that the bank was ordered to secure the estate's "proper administration" pending the appointment of a personal representative. A hearing was set for May 2.

"The court order being signed today does not mean that Prince actually died intestate," Susan told the Daily News. "All it means is that no one has produced a valid will that has been accepted by the probate court in Carver County….[E]veryone should take a look in their vaults because he worked with a lot of people and we can’t believe no one ever sat him down to write something," Link added. "He was very dedicated to his church. We’re all assuming he would have wanted money to go to the church."

Susan Link practices in the areas of estate planning, probate, and trust administration. She works closely with families to plan the disposition of their assets, both during lifetime and at death, and to accomplish the optimal estate and gift tax planning for clients through wills, trusts, and other instruments. Additionally, Susan serves as the program director of Minnesota Wills for Heroes. The Wills for Heroes program, sponsored by the Minnesota State Bar Association, is designed to provide free legal services for the preparation of basic estate planning documents for Minnesota first responders. She is also a member of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and has taught as an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law.

To read the full article, go to:—Prince died without any evidence of a will, judge determines.


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