Judge names heirs to Prince's fortune

In a ruling made public Friday Carver County District Judge Kevin Eide declared that Prince died without a will and that his sister Tyka Nelson and five half-siblings are his heirs

A judge in the USA has ruled that Prince's six siblings are the heirs to the singer's estate.

A Minnesota judge on Thursday officially declared the heirs to Prince's estate, the value of which has been estimated at more than $200 million.

Since then, the estate has been tied up in probate court as dozens of would-be heirs (and their lawyers) sought to get a piece of the estate by claiming to be Prince's secret wife, secret child, secret sibling or some other more distant relation.

He also ruled that Prince's assets will only be distributed with a formal court order, but that they won't be distributed in any way that might "adversely affect" the claims in the pending appeals. He had previously said he wouldn't declare the musician's siblings as his heirs until all appeals had been decided.

Prince's family, of course, has raised issues about the delay of distribution, saying that prolonging it will diminish the estate. The siblings' attorneys didn't immediately reply to phone calls seeking comment Friday. Attorneys for those who appealed said their interests would be harmed if the district court didn't wait out the appeals process. Other documents released Friday show that Universal Music Group and Comerica Bank, the manager of Prince's estate, are moving ahead with plans to terminate the $31 million recorded-music deal announced earlier this year. The six-song EP "Deliverance" had been scheduled to be released on the first anniversary of Prince's death. Andrew Stoltmann, a lawyer for a woman and a girl appealing a rejected claim, said he hadn't seen the new ruling but would examine it and determine whether or not to appeal it.

Prince left no will after his death from an accidental drug overdose.

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