Now that Bobbi Kristina Brown is gone, six months after she mysteriously fell into unconsciousness, what happens to the estate she was to inherit from her late mother, Whitney Houston?
Who will control the estimated millions Houston left in a trust for Bobbi Kristina in her will?
Will it be her grieving father, Bobby Brown? He maintained a vigil at her bedside as she lay in a medically induced coma for months in Atlanta hospitals and a hospice.
Or will it be her maternal family, led by grandmother Cissy Houston and her aunt Pat Houston, who also were at her side? They have controlled the bulk of Bobbi Kristina’s money under the terms of Whitney Houston’s will.
One thing is likely: Many lawyers will be involved.
“It’s going to be a windfall for the lawyers, unfortunately,” says Jerry Reisman, a trusts and estate-law expert and partner at the Long Island firm of Reisman, Peirez, Reisman and Capobianco.
Just three years after her mother was found dead in a bathtub at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Bobbi Kristina was found unresponsive and face down in a bathtub in her Roswell, Ga., home, on Jan. 31. She died Sunday at age 22 at a hospice outside Atlanta. Since she turned 21 in 2014, Brown has been receiving her inheritance in installments. She was set to receive 25 percent of the inheritance when she turned 25 and the rest of the estate on her 30th birthday.
Now, following Brown’s tragic death on Sunday at the age of 22, questions quickly arose about what would happen to the money. Houston’s will, which was drawn up in 1993 – years before Houston’s death in 2012 – dictates that in the event that Brown died unmarried and childless before the age of 30, the remainder of the estate would be distributed to Houston’s relatives, including her mother, Cissy Houston, and her two brothers, Michael and Gary.