Priscilla Presley has strong case in dispute over control of daughter's estate

Anousha Sakoui, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Entertainment News

LOS ANGELES — When Priscilla Presley challenged her late daughter's will last month, it raised the prospect of a family rift and a messy legal battle over who would guide Elvis' lucrative estate.

But legal experts say the court is likely to back Priscilla's claim.

In a Los Angeles court filing, Presley asked a judge to invalidate a recently discovered 2016 document — one that replaced Presley and Barry Siegel (her daughter's former manager) as co-trustees of Lisa Marie Presley's trust with Lisa Marie's children, Riley and Benjamin Keough.

Elvis' ex-wife has cited various factors, including a suggestion that her daughter's signature may have been forged.

Attorney Benny Roshan, chair of Greenberg Glusker's Trusts and Probate Litigation Group, said Priscilla Presley has a good case.

"They have made allegations that raise very valid concerns," Roshan said.


While the filing doesn't reveal a falling out between mother and daughter, it has put the family's personal dealings over the estate of the rock 'n' roll star in a public forum.

Lisa Marie Presley had appointed her mother and Siegel as co-trustees of her trust in 1993, according to her Jan. 26 petition.

But after she died on Jan. 12 in L.A., her mother said she discovered an amendment to the will, dated March 11, 2016, that replaced them both as trustees upon her death.

Priscilla Presley alleged the amendment was never delivered to her while Lisa Marie was alive, as required in the original trust. In her petition, she noted the date of the document misspelled Priscilla's name; that her signature looked inconsistent with her usual sign off; and it was neither witnessed nor notarized.


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