James Brown’s partner, his six adult children and trustees of his estate were scheduled to meet Friday in a courtroom to resolve disputes over his estate as the soul legend’s remains still await burial.
Brown’s partner, Tomi Rae Hynie, and his children are upset with the three longtime associates he named as trustees. Attorneys also will argue whether Hynie, who claims she is Brown’s fourth wife, can get access to Brown’s Beech Island home.
The singer’s embalmed body meanwhile remains in the same sealed, gold casket seen at his funeral awaiting a decision on where to bury it, officials at the funeral home that handled Brown’s funeral said Thursday.
Brown, who died of heart failure Dec. 25 at age 73, left a will that calls for many of his personal possessions to be divided among his six adult children. The trust is separate from the will and contains most of the singer’s primary assets, including music rights and his home.
Brown’s children sued last month, saying the trustees need to be removed because the soul singer’s estate was mismanaged and some of his assets are in danger of being lost or stolen. The children also want a special administrator to oversee the estate.
Buddy Dallas, Brown’s attorney and trustee, said he is confident the court will “respect the wishes of Mr. Brown,” allowing the trustees to remain in charge.