The daughter of the late R&B singer Natalie Cole says she should be appointed the administrator of her brother’s estate and that a competing petition by his former accountant and adviser should be disregarded.
Brandie Yancy, who lives near Chicago, Illinois, filed her petition Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, saying she has priority, under the state Probate Code, to administer Robert Adam Yancy’s estate over Howard Grossman.
Robert Yancy died Aug. 14 at age 39 and had about $500,000 in assets, according to the two petitions. His body was found in his Sherman Oaks apartment by a friend who stopped by to check on him after not hearing from him for several days.
Grossman, who was also the longtime business manager for Cole, filed his petition Aug. 31. The singer’s son was the primary beneficiary of his mother’s estate. She died in 2015.
Robert Yancy’s father was the first of Cole’s three husbands. He died of a heart attack at age 34 in 1985, when Yancy was 7 years old.
Yancy’s grandfather, Nat King Cole, died of cancer in 1965 at age 45.
A hearing on the petitions is scheduled for Oct. 27.
–City News Service