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    JOHN SINGLETON CONSERVATORSHIP AND ESTATE

    John Singleton entered Hollywood in a truly historic fashion.  Not only was he the first African American to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Director for his debut film Boyz N the Hood, but he did so at the age of 24, making him the youngest ever nominee for the category.  Sadly, Singleton’s career was cut short when he died last week at age 51 following a stroke.   Before his death, Singleton’s daughter, Cleopatra, disputed the characterization of Singleton’s medical condition by Singleton’s mother and business manager, Shelia Ward.  Ward claimed Singleton was in a coma, petitioning the court in Los Angeles to be named temporary conservator for…

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    TOM PETTY’S WIDOW, DAUGHTERS “WON’T BACK DOWN” IN TRUST DISPUTE

    Famed rock singer, Tom Petty, passed away in 2017.  Nearly two years later his widow, Dana York Petty, and his daughters from a previous marriage, Adria and Annakim Petty, remain embroiled in a legal dispute over the musician’s estate.  In the petition filed with the probate court in Los Angeles, California, Dana asserts her authority as the sole trustee of Petty’s trust.  This issue does not appear to be in dispute; however, Petty’s daughters contend they have full authority to manage Petty’s catalogue of music recordings.   Despite Petty’s efforts to avoid such a dispute by creating a trust with directives for managing its assets, Petty’s widow and daughters disagree…