The will of Lisa Marie Presley is being challenged by Priscilla Presley
Priscilla Presley, the ex-wife of rock and roll legend Elvis Presley, is contesting their daughter’s will in court. Their only child, Lisa Marie Presley, died of a cardiac arrest two weeks ago at the age of 54. In 2016, Lisa Marie’s will was amended to remove Priscilla as the estate trustee, and the petition to the court challenges this decision.
Ms. Presley’s attorneys claim that the document contains a misspelling of her mother’s name and an illegitimate signature. Lawyers for the 77-year-old woman claimed to the Los Angeles Superior Court that their client learned of the “purported 2016 amendment” only after Lisa Marie’s passing. If she were replaced as trustee, she would no longer be in charge of her daughter’s finances.
CBS News, the American partner of the BBC, reports that it is unclear how much Lisa Marie’s estate is worth due to the numerous lawsuits she has been involved in over the past few years. In the controversial revision, her 33-year-old son Riley and her 21-year-old son Benjamin Keough replace her mother and her former business manager, Barry Siegel, as co-trustees. In 2020, at the age of 27, Benjamin Keough passed away. Riley Keough is an accomplished actress whose resume includes roles in projects like The Terminal List and The Devil All the Time, both airing on Amazon Prime in 2020.
Ms Presley claims in her legal challenge that the amendment was never given to her during her daughter’s lifetime, as the will specifies it must. According to a court filing seen by the BBC, Lisa Marie’s signature on the will amendment “appears inconsistent with her usual and customary signature” and she “misspelt the name of her mother. “Her legal team is also claiming the amendment is invalid because it was not witnessed or notarized.
“In light of the foregoing, the Purported 2016 Amendment should be deemed invalid, and the Trust, as amended and completely restated in 2010 is the controlling and authoritative document and its terms are administered,” the petition states. Less than a week has passed since a public memorial service for Lisa Marie Presley was held at the family’s Graceland estate in Memphis, Tennessee, and the legal action has already begun. Priscilla, one of Lisa Marie’s three daughters, allegedly penned a poem that was read at the service. They were all there for the funeral, including Riley. The Los Angeles County coroner has not yet released Lisa Marie’s official cause of death.