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Prince's 'niece' stakes estate claim

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Prince's 'niece' stakes estate claim

Two of Prince's possible relatives are staking claims to be heirs to his estate.

The 57-year-old singer hadn't made a will when he died on April 21, and so his assets will be divided among his surviving family members and now Briana Nelson, 31, and her 11-year-old niece Victoria are making legal bids to be recognised as beneficiaries.

The two claim to be related to Prince's late half-brother, Duane Nelson Sr., with Briana his daughter and Victoria his granddaughter as she is the offspring of his son, Duane Nelson Jr., who is also deceased.

It has been claimed Prince's estate was worth around $300 million, but Andrew Stollman, the pair's attorney told 'Entertainment Tonight' they are not looking for an amount reaching millions.

A trust company has been appointed special administrators of the 'Purple Rain' star's estate, as requested by his sister Tyka Nelson.

it was recently revealed around 700 people have come forward to stake a claim towards the 'Raspberry Beret' singer's estate.

Harvey Morse, of Morse Genealogical Services, is currently trying to establish the legitimacy of the claims of each person who has come forward, with the late star's £200million estate set to be divided between his siblings.

He explained: "Our phone has been ringing off the hook, I would say we have received between 600 and 700 calls.

"They run the gamut, literally from 'We lived in the same area so we must be related', to 'We have pictures of Prince at our family reunion'."

However, Morse also admitted he preferred dealing with documented evidence, rather than with some of the questionable links that have been put forward by people claiming to be related to the chart-topping musician.

He said: "I like official documents. Birth, marriage, death, divorce certificates, census records, that sort of thing - papers that were drawn up without any thought of this eventuality."

Minnesota law states that all siblings, irrespective of whether they are full or half, are entitled to an equal share of Prince's estate.

Meanwhile, the report comes shortly after a court hearing was staged in connection to the long-term future of the estate.

It was attended by the singer's sister Tyka Nelson as well as his five known half-siblings Sharon, Norrie and John Nelson, Omar Baker and Alfred Jackson.

Tyka has said they all "remain united," despite facing off in court over Prince's net worth.