Aretha Franklin was so hard-nosed in her business dealings that she demanded to be paid in cash before performing. Her heirs won't have it so simple.
Though she lived to 76 and was terminally ill with pancreatic cancer, the Queen of Soul died without a will.
Her four sons and other family members are left with the potentially tall task of finding out how many millions she was worth, and divvying it up.
Estate law experts expressed surprise but not shock that a wealthy person like Franklin would put off making a will until it was too late.
Laura Zwicker, an attorney who specializes in estate planning but is not affiliated with the Franklin estate, says she sees it happen all too often in her work. She says "People don't like to face their own mortality,"