Priscilla Presley, rock’n’roll legend Elvis Presley’s ex-wife, has filed a judicial challenge to the legitimacy of their late daughter’s will. Lisa Marie Presley, the couple’s only child, died of a heart arrest on January 12 at the age of 54.
The court petition contests a 2016 modification to Lisa Marie’s will that removed Priscilla as estate trustee.
The document misspelled her mother’s name and included a signature that appeared strange, Ms. Presley’s lawyers contend.
In a filing with the Los Angeles Superior Court, the 77-year-attorneys old’s stated that she learned of the “supposed 2016 revision” only after Lisa Marie’s death.
This change eliminates her mother and her previous business manager, Barry Siegel, as co-trustees and replaces them with her 33-year-old son Riley Keough and her 26-year-old son Benjamin Keough.
Benjamin Keough passed away in 2020 at age 27. Riley Keough is an actress with credits in the 2020 film The Devil All the Time and the Amazon series The Terminal List.
According to the legal challenge, Ms. Presley contends that the modification was never provided to her during her daughter’s lifetime, as the will expressly stipulate.
The addendum to Lisa Marie’s will also “misspells her mother’s name” and carries a signature by Lisa Marie that “appears inconsistent with her usual and customary signature”, says the court petition seen by the BBC.
In addition, her attorneys assert that the revision was neither witnessed nor notarized.
The petition states, “Based on the foregoing, the ‘Purported 2016 Amendment’ should be found invalid, and the Trust, as revised and completely restated in 2010 should be considered the controlling and authoritative document and its provisions implemented.”
Less than one week ago, Lisa Marie Presley’s surviving family attended a public memorial service for her at the family’s Graceland residence in Memphis, Tennessee.
At the service, Priscilla recited a poem that she said was written by one of Lisa Marie’s three daughters. All three of them, including Riley, were there for the service.
The Los Angeles County coroner has not yet revealed Lisa Marie’s cause of death.
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