The trial involving whether Rock 'n Roll pioneer & legend, Ike Turner, left a valid will has ended. As described in this prior article I wrote, the case pitted his six children (two of whom apparently are now questionable children of his) versus his ex-wife versus his friend and "sometime" attorney. I'm not exactly sure why someone would be a "sometime" attorney, but that's how he was described in this North County Times (California) article about the trial.
The children argued Ike died without a valid will, leaving all to them under California's intestate laws. The ex-wife, Audrey Madison Turner, felt that Ike had left everything to her through a handwritten will written two months before he died of a drug overdose in 2007 (even though the couple was already divorced).
The "sometime" attorney believed a prior handwritten will in 2001 left him in control of Ike's legacy. What was that legacy? While it appeared the estate was cash-poor, the victor would receive the rights to own and profit from some 4000 songs. That's a lot of notes!
A few days ago, the judge issued his decision. He ruled that both wills may have been valid, but a later note written by Ike Turner had revoked the last will, which in turn had revoked the 2001 will. This meant the children were the big winners . . . at least so far.