You know....I just don't understand. Not having a will that is. Cuz she had access to top of the cream attorneys who could help her. But! Aretha's old school. She didn't trust too many people. I mean she used to carry her purse on stage with her and demanded she be paid before she performed. So that right there tells you a little about her mindset. I know a lot of folks still putting their money under the mattress or a buried safe. However, most who don't have a will....usually know that it will go through probate first [depended upon what state]. Maybe that's what she wanted. And she has children....it will go in chronological order....the first born, the second....etc. This is after her debts are paid-if in fact she has any. And because she has living children and they have living children.....the govt won't get any of it. So Im thinking maybe she planned it this way.....all along. I could be wrong though. But!