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Julie Garber

Whitney Houston's Will and Codicil Admitted to Probate

By March 12, 2012

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Last week Whitney's Houston's Last Will and Testament and one or more Codicils were admitted to probate in Fulton County, Georgia. According to various sources, the entire estate is left in trust for the benefit of Whitney's only child, Bobbi Kristina Brown, until she reaches the age of 30 (she is 19 now), and Whitney's mother, Cissy Houston, is named as a Trustee. The order admitting the will and codicil(s) to probate was signed on March 7 and also appoints Marion P. Houston (known as Pat Houston), the sister-in-law and manager of Whitney, as the "Administrator With Will and Codicil Annexed." What this means in plain English is that Whitney Houston died leaving a properly executed will and one or more codicil(s) and Pat Houston has been appointed to oversee the administration of the estate. To see a copy of the order signed by Fulton County Probate Judge Pinkie T. Toomer, refer to Order on Petition to Probate Will and Codicil and For Letters of Administration With Will and Codicil Annexed.

Ms. Houston's will and codicil(s) were the source of controversy last week when several news outlets released copies of a 1993 will and 2000 codicil and reported that these were the documents governing the disposition of Ms. Houston's estate. However, it was later discovered that these documents did not constitute the final documents signed by Ms. Houston because she signed an additional codicil in 2004. And while I have searched high and low to find copies of the will and codicil(s) that were actually admitted to probate and several websites have alleged to post links to copies of the "final" documents, to date I have not been able to locate any accurate links. Perhaps copies of the documents actually admitted to probate will be released, but for now we can only rely on what is being reported by the media.

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