James Brown died in 2006 and left most of his estate to charity. A woman claiming to be his wife is contesting the will. Tomirae Hynie and the Godfather of Soul married in 2001 but she was married to another man at the time. She eventually had that marriage annulled in 2004, but Brown then refused to marry her because he was embarrassed about the prior marriage. Hynie has stated that her prior marriage to her Pakistani husband was simply an immigration scam. Brown named 6 children in his will and left out 5 others. To benefit from his estate, the children have been ordered to submit to DNA testing to prove their parentage. Those that pass are called DNA Proven children.
1. By law, spouses are entitled to a portion of a deceased spouse’s estate even if not provided for in the will. In Ohio, spouse’s with more than one child will receive one-third of the estate.
2. I have never heard the term “DNA Proven children” before. I think it ranks with “thunder snow” as a great modern phrase.
3. Hynie is very determined to inherit when she admits under oath to committing immigration fraud. Although given recent events, that might not be the serious matter one would initially believe.