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Rosa Parks' estate may become legal fight

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DETROIT, Nov 17, 2005 (UPI via COMTEX) -- Legal talks are under way in Detroit over the estate of the late civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks between her relatives and a longtime caregiver.

Parks died Oct. 24 at her home in Detroit at age 92, and her estate will be reviewed in a Dec. 14 hearing in Wayne County Probate Court to determine who should oversee Parks' estate matters.

Meanwhile, one of her nephews, William McCauley, is concerned Parks' dementia led her to sign a will in 2003 naming her caregiver Elaine Steele and a man, Adam Shakoor, to be executors.

McCauley's attorney, Darren Findling, told the Detroit News he is hopeful all sides may reach an agreement before the hearing.

"We hope to resolve this dispute amicably," he said. "The family is not interested in making a media story out of this."

McCauley has not formally challenged Parks' will, but could do so if talks break down.

The value of Parks' estate is unknown.


Copyright 2005 by United Press International

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