The Elder and Disability Law Firm, APC
Deceased Musician's Estate Involved In Financial Dispute
The estate of Chris Cornell, who rose to fame in California and throughout the county during the 1990s as the head of Soundgarden, is involved in a financial dispute regarding college tuition. The late musician's daughter is requesting payment from the estate according to terms established in a 2004 divorce. The estate, however, claims it is only required to pay for college expenses, and since the daughter is no longer attending school, she is not entitled to payment.
According to representatives of the deceased musician's estate, $42,000 was already given to the daughter for tuition, and they plan to continue making payments if she goes back to school. The estate also made a payment to the daughter for school expenses even though she didn't disclose that she had dropped out of college. The daughter is filing a suit in probate court in order to obtain compensation she thinks she is legally entitled to get.
Cornell died in 2017 due to suicide by hanging. Since that time, several products featuring his music were released to consumers, including a new 17-track album, a single, and a box set featuring his work across multiple projects. It's not certain how much revenue was generated with these releases.
Families involved in disputes regarding distribution of assets can get support and guidance from an attorney who practices estate administration and probate law. Legal counsel can discuss legal options with their client and speak on their behalf in probate court if necessary. They can also be involved in the initial estate planning process so that clear objectives are established and backed up by legal documents.