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Elvis's Supposed Child Sues
Highest Court Court of Appeals of Tennessee
Year Ended 1989
Plaintiffs Family of Artist(s)
Defendants Estate of Artist(s)
Executor of Estate(s)
Other Presley, Elvis
Short Description "Illegitimate" children (i.e. children born out of wedlock) make great Plaintiffs and interesting lawsuits. Here, a supposed daughter of Elvis Presley, not recognized by Presley during life nor bred during marital matrimony, sued to be included in Elvis's will, alleging it did not exclude illegitimate children. The court did agree with Plaintiff regarding this point. The will's reference to "lawful children" was intended as and should be read as indicated Elvis's intention only to include legitimate children, so the probate court's findings on this issue was affirmed by the appellate court. However, the probate court's determinations that Plaintiff was not Elvis's daughter and that she could not be declared "legitimate" were outside the scope of summary judgment, and thus were reversed. Plaintiff's admissions in filings that she was "illegitimate" were held not to bar Plaintiff's assertions that she might now be "legitimate." Since she'd been denied counsel during probate, she should probably get it now. - LSW

Legal Issues
Family Law Parentage Paternity Determination
Trusts & Estates Will Probate & Administration Characterization/Distribution of Assets & Obligations
    Will Construction


Opinions Presley v. Hanks
782 S.W.2d 482
Court of Appeals of Tennessee , July 20, 1989 ( _ )


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Related Searches Parties
Estate of Artist(s) ( Defendant )
Executor of Estate(s) ( Defendant )
Family of Artist(s) ( Plaintiff )
Presley, Elvis ( Other )

Legal Issues
Family Law / Parentage / Paternity Determination
Trusts & Estates / Will Probate & Administration / Characterization/Distribution of Assets & Obligations
Trusts & Estates / Will Probate & Administration / Will Construction

Courts
Court of Appeals of Tennessee (highest court)


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