Newly filed court papers show that late singer Aretha Franklin had almost US$1 million in uncashed checks in her possession at the time of her death.
The checks were discovered during an inventory of Franklin's possessions, adding a new twist to the battle over the Queen of Soul's estate.
The inventory found that Franklin had a check for over $702,000 from Sound Exchange and Screen Writers Guild as well as uncashed checks to her publishing company worth over $285,000.
In total, US$988,656.17 in uncashed checks were found.
Franklin, who died on August 16, 2018 at the age of 76, left behind four sons.
Originally, no will was found and under Michigan law, her estate was set to be divided equally between her children.
But nine months after her death, three handwritten wills were found in her house.
If valid, the wills would change the distribution of Franklin's assets.
The authenticity of the documents is under review by a handwriting expert.