Control of Parks’ memorabilia collection which is estimated to be worth between 8 and 10 million dollars and her intellectual property rights has been argued about by her friend Elaine Steele on the one hand and the Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute, on the other hand.
The Wayne County Probate Judge in mid- March indicated that he would issue an order shortly that implements a Michigan State Supreme Court ruling that requires that her memorabilia be returned to the Institute. The Supreme Court at the end of 2011 reversed a decision by the Michigan Court of Appeals that had been in favor of Parks’ heirs.
Judge Burton is requiring all actions of the estate be approved by his court. In early April an accounting by former court-appointed administrators will be on the agenda of Judge Burton.
The administration of the Parks’ estate is certainly taking longer than most. Even when there is a distribution scheme in a Will or a Trust, people can challenge the validity of the estate plan and how the administration of the estate is being handled.
Use an estate planning attorney who is experienced. Spell everything out clearly. Otherwise, the possibilities are of a long drawn out legal fight in the probate court!