James Brown’s will has been read and it’s being reported that no provision was made for his 5 year old son, James Joseph Brown II. Tomi Rae is not included in the will read today either, saith the attorneys for Mr. Brown’s estate.
But, what does it really mean?
Well, people often die before they get around to changing their Will even to include a recent addition to the family. Also, unless there is specific language in the Will to exclude a child, the child still has a right to inherit.
James Brown had a total eight children, although one of them died in an car accident in 1973. Six children are included in the will, according to comments made to The Associated Press by attorney Strom Thurmond Jr. He confirmed that the youngster was not named and that Tomi Rae was not named in the Will either. No remarks have been made thus far to indicate that the youngest Brown child was intentionally left out of the Will.
Attorney, Buddy Dallas, who is also a trustee of the estate, said: “The will is basically going to track the trust. There’s the division of the Brown family trust and then there’s the trust to educate the children.” Dallas also defended the decision to lock up the singer’s home after Mr. Brown death early on Christmas morning, to protect his memorabilia from “disappearing.”
Tomi Rae’s attorney, Thornton Morris, said Tomi Rae doesn’t know anything about the Will at this time.
“She was locked out of the house so she doesn’t know where the will that’s being probated was found,” Morris said of his client. “She has no knowledge to when this particular will was executed.”
Tomi Rae’s attorney also said: “The support of the child needs to be addressed and the wife needs to be the person who is the main participant in the burial of her husband,” although he would not say whether any specific plans to challenge the will have been made.
In the meantime, James Brown’s remains continue to be kept at the South Carolina Beech Island home in a temperature-controlled room until such time as the elaborate mauseleum where the estate plans to have him interred is built. Plans are being finalized to turn Mr. Brown’s home into a museum and tourist attraction along the lines of Elvis’ Graceland.
Attorney Debra Opri, speakng for the Brown family, told E! Online: “There’s a lot of red tape to complete before they can inter him, but a committee has been formed of family, friends and trustees to effectuate the transformation of his private residence into a museum, and he will also be laid to rest there.” She also noted that Elvis Presley was not laid to rest at Graceland for 3 months.