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Priscilla Presley battling granddaughter over an estate trust

On Behalf of | Apr 13, 2023 | Estate Planning & Administration

As Elvis Presley fans worldwide know, tragedy seems to frequently befall the Presley family. In 2020, Elvis’s grandson, Benjamin Keough, committed suicide. In January of this year, Elvis’s daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, died suddenly. Since then, her mother, Elvis’s former wife, Priscilla Presley, and his granddaughter, (Benjamin’s sister) Riley Keough, are involved in probate litigation regarding a trust fund.

Priscilla Presley and another party were originally listed as trustees for the trust. It was set up so that Riley Keough and her brother were the beneficiaries if their mother, Lisa Marie, should predecease them. Since Benjamin Keough’s death, the beneficiaries are Riley Keough and her two half-sisters. However, Priscilla is contesting another aspect of the trust, namely, that, before she died, Lisa Marie removed her mother and the other party as trustees.

Priscilla Presley says the changes to the trust are invalid

Priscilla told reporters that she hopes the public will not view her current legal filings as a family feud against her granddaughter. She says that she is simply contesting the amended trust because the changes are not valid. Her daughter (Lisa Marie) apparently did not inform her of the changes while she was still alive, which, according to the language of the trust, is required.

Did someone forge Lisa Marie’s signature?

Priscilla Presley’s legal team has asserted that the signature alleged to be that of Lisa Marie on the amendment documents is not consistent with her typical signature, thus raising suspicion that it was forged. In her petition, Priscilla requests that the probate judge recognize her as a trustee. Probate issues are often complex and challenging, which is why most people considering litigation rely on experienced legal representation.


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