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Relatives of Bobbi Kristina Brown fight over estate expenses

Most estate disputes among surviving family members in Pennsylvania do not warrant headlines, but another drama has erupted in the aftermath of Bobbi Kristina Brown's death. The conservator of the estate for the 22-year-old daughter of the late singer Whitney Houston has filed a legal complaint alleging that the co-trustees of a trust established for Ms. Brown have refused to pay for the administrative expenses of the estate.

The conservator named Brown's maternal grandmother and aunt as defendants. According to court papers, she accuses the grandmother and aunt of withholding funds necessary for the operation of the estate. She insists that the requests for disbursement have been for legitimate expenses and that the co-trustees have refused to provide any payments. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages and legal fees.

Legal accusations have swirled around the death of the pop star's daughter. The conservator has also filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Brown's boyfriend. The conservator claims that he gave Brown a "toxic cocktail" that made her lose consciousness. She was later found face-down in a bathtub and perished after lingering in a coma at a hospital.

Numerous issues can arise for an executor or administrator tasked with handling the final affairs of a decedent. When legal questions arise, an attorney who has experience with estate administration matters can often be of assistance in making an attempt to resolve the issues without having to go to court. Probate litigation can be lengthy and the costs involved can thus have an adverse financial effect on the decedent's rightful heirs and beneficiaries.

Source: Contact Music, "Bobbi Kristina Brown's Estate Conservator Sues Aunt And Grandmother", Wenn, Feb. 15, 2016

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