If you missed it, three wills were found in Aretha’s home. They were all filed with the court on Monday. In one of the wills, Aretha allegedly made clear who the father is of her oldest son, Clarence. She gave birth to Clarence when she was 12. Clarence Franklin’s father has been reported to have been a man named Donald Burk, who was a schoolmate of Aretha. But in one of the wills, dated June 21, 2010, it names Edward Jordan Sr., who’s also the acknowledged father of Aretha’s son, Edward, as Clarence’s father. Edward was born when Aretha was 14. In the will she left everything to her three youngest sons. Clarence, the oldest has special needs. On page six of this will, there’s a declaration as part of the instructions for Clarence Franklin’s care: “His father, Edward Jordan Sr., should never receive or handle any money or property belonging to Clarence or that Clarence receives as he has never made any contribution to his welfare, future or past, monetarily, material, spiritual, etc.” A hearing addressing all three wills is scheduled for June 12th.
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