Well this is a bit scandalous. Less than a month after Lisa Marie Presley‘s death, the family she left behind is going to court. Lisa Marie was buried just nine days ago in Graceland. So sometime after that there must have been a reading of her will. Well, it seems that didn’t go so well.

But it sounds like it wasn’t Priscilla Presley screaming “how could she?” after getting cut out of the will by her daughter. Sounds like it was more “hang on…something isn’t right”.

Priscilla Presley filed a petition on Thursday in the Los Angeles Superior Court to contest Lisa Marie‘s will. And it appears Priscilla has a good reason to do it. Turns out, there are a few things not right with the situation.

A little history…In 1993, a trust was created to manage the Presley estate. Priscilla Presley was named as a co-trustee on the estate. The other trustee being former business manager Barry Siegel. And, up until recently, Priscilla Presley thought she was still a trustee. But shortly after Lisa Marie died, Priscilla found a document she wasn’t expecting. It stated that Lisa Marie‘s trust was changed back in 2016.

What the document allegedly did was amend the trust by removing Priscilla Presley and Barry Siegel as co-trustees. And replacing them with two of Lisa Marie‘s kids, Riley and Benjamin Keough. And since Benjamin died in 2020, Riley would be the sole trustee. That is, if this amendment is found to be valid.

But it seems there might be something shady going on with that document. Or rather a few somethings. CNN obtained the Los Angeles Superior Court filing made by Priscilla on January 26. And the petition has some pretty valid points. So what exactly is Priscilla Presley‘s argument? Here are the key points.

  • First, the trust specifically says that all trustees must be notified when the trust is amended.

    Priscilla Presley says she got no such notification in 2016. She could have gone directly to Lisa Marie when she was still alive if she knew about this amendment then.

    BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 30: Actress Priscilla Presley arrives at the opening of "The Great House at Historic Greystone Estate" presented by Veranda Magazine, City of Beverly Hills and Friends of Graystone. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

  • Second, Priscilla's name was misspelled in the amendment.

    Yeah, that’s a little iffy. You would think a legal document made to take someone off of your estate would have that person’s name spelled correctly.

    WESTWOOD, CA - JUNE 10: Priscilla Presley signs copies of her new book "Elvis by the Presleys," the companion CD and book at Borders Books on June 10, 2005 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Matthew Simmons/Getty Images)

  • Third, Lisa Marie's signature was a little...off.

    The petition filed states “[The signature] appears inconsistent with [Lisa Marie Presley’s] usual and customary signature” (cnn.com).

    WESTWOOD, CA - JUNE 10: Priscilla Presley signs copies of her new book "Elvis by the Presleys," the companion CD and book at Borders Books on June 10, 2005 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Matthew Simmons/Getty Images)

  • Fourth, the document wasn't witnessed or notarized.

    When amending any legal document, you have to have both a witness and a notary sign off on it. That didn’t happen here.

    It looks like Priscilla Presley has a pretty valid argument for her granddaughter not to become sole trustee of the Elvis Presley estate, at least from a legal standpoint

    HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 07: Actresses Priscilla Presley (L) and Riley Keough attend The Humane Society of the United States' to the Rescue Gala at Paramount Studios on May 7, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images for The Humane Society Of The United State )

    Regardless of which way this thing goes, there might be some tension in the Presley family’s future. Which is, sadly, probably not what Lisa Marie would have wanted. 🙁

  • - Wendy Rush

    Follow us! FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

    Songs That Show Lisa Marie Presley Had Her Own Talent

    Lisa Marie Presley, like many in her family before her, died before her time. She passed away this week of heart failure, also like many in her family tree. She was only 54. Elvis died when he was 42, also from heart complications. Elvis's mother, Gladys Smith Presley, died the same way.

Sign me up for the Jammin' 105.7 email newsletter!

Become a part of the Jammin' FAM to recieve the the latest music and entertainment news, plus concert announcements, exclusive prizes, and more!

*
*
By clicking "Subscribe" I agree to the website's terms of Service and Privacy Policy. I understand I can unsubscribe at any time.