James Brown Estate Nears Settlement: Kids Bypass DNA Test

After almost two years it looks like James Brown’s estate will finally be settled in light of a recent deal that bypasses DNA test orders and solidifies the status of Brown’s widow Hynie. According to Greenville News, the proposed settlement given to Circuit Judge Jack Early during a hearing Monday states that all children and grandchildren mentioned in Brown’s will are lawful heirs and are not required to prove it via DNA testing. Louis Levenson, Atlanta attorney for some of Brown’s adult children, said Monday evening that the proposed settlement also stipulates that Hynie’s son, 6-year-old James Brown II, is a legal heir and biological child of the entertainer. The legality of Hynie’s marriage to Brown had been questioned, but Levenson confirmed that the proposed settlement agrees that she was Brown’s wife when he died Christmas Day 2006. Levenson said all that remains is “refinement of some of the terms” of the settlement. He would not say how much money is in the estate. Early asked all parties involved to have a final agreement to him by Oct. 23, the next hearing date in the case, Levenson said. If finalized and approved by Early, the agreement also would give Brown’s children the first right to purchase Brown’s Beech Island home at the value it was appraised at by the Aiken County assessor’s office. According to sources close to the family the settlement would also create a museum or some other memorial to house Brown’s remains.


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