Navigating through matters of your late loved one’s estate apparently doesn’t come cheap, especially if you are Tyka Nelson, sister of late music guru Prince.
The sibling of his purple highness owes more than $850,000 to three firms who have been acting on her behalf when it comes to the estate of her iconic brother, reports The Blast. Prince, whose given name was Prince Rogers Nelson, died in 2016 of an accidental drug overdose.
A judge in Minnesota presiding over matters involving the late singer/musician’s estate has ordered Tyka Nelson to pay $855,723.07 to three firms who still haven’t been paid for their work, according to the news organization.
She owes Gray, Plant, Mooty, Mooty & Bennett — a firm with offices in Minnesota and Washington — $116,652.11 for representation from 2016; she owes Holland & Knight — headquartered in Tampa — $717,254.37 for several months worth of work and she owes Barnes & Thornburg — based in Indianapolis — $21,816.59 for uncompensated work, The Blast reports.
Tyka Nelson attended the hearing without the benefit of a lawyer this time around.
In September, The Blast reported that Tyka Nelson and three more of Prince’s siblings — Sharon Nelson, John Nelson, Norrine Nelson — owed legal fees for consultation related to the Paisley Park museum and exhibition at what was once Prince’s home.
Prince died without a will and in May of 2017, a judge ruled that his estate valued at an estimated $200 million would be split between the aforementioned four siblings and two other siblings Omarr Baker and Alfred Jackson.
The ruling came after more than 45 people stepped forward to try to claim a piece of Prince’s estate, the Huffington Post reported. Some of them, including an inmate in Colorado, were ruled out as relatives through DNA testing.
Post-mortem testing showed high levels of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, in Prince’s system. He was 57-years-old when he was found unresponsive at his home in Chanhassen, Min.