Prince estate judge rejects claims from would-be heirs

CHASKA, Minn. — A Minnesota judge says a woman and girl who claim to be Prince's niece and grandniece will not be considered heirs of his multi-million-dollar estate.

Judge Kevin Eide ruled Wednesday that Brianna Nelson and her teen-age niece, Victoria Nelson, are excluded as Prince's heirs as a matter of Minnesota parentage and inheritance laws.

Brianna and Victoria Nelson claim descent from the late Duane Nelson Sr., who they say was a half brother to Prince.

Court documents indicate Prince's father, John Nelson, was not Duane's biological father, but the Nelsons' lawyers argued that the two men had a father-son relationship and that state law thus entitled Duane's descendants to claim a share of Prince's millions.

But Eide rejected that argument as a misreading of state laws.

In addition, another man, Corey Simmons, who says he's a previously unknown son of Duane Nelson Sr., sought to claim a portion of the estate because he claims Prince's father intended to adopt Duane.

Eide ordered Simmons to provide by Nov. 25 evidence supporting this claim. If not, Simmons also will be excluded from the list of heirs of the estate. That list currently stands at one sibling, Tyka Nelson, and five half siblings.

Eide has already rejected claims from a lengthy list of would-be heirs who claimed a relationship to Prince, real or imagined.

Prince died April 21 at his Paisley Park estate in Chanhassen, Minn., of an accidental opioid overdose. No will has been found, so Eide has been presiding over a probate proceeding aimed at designating his heirs, totaling up the estate's assets, and paying state and federal taxes. At the time of his death, Prince's estate was estimated at $100 million to $300 million.


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