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Priscilla Presley, the ex-wife of rock and roll legend Elvis Presley, is contesting the validity of their late daughter’s will. Lisa Marie Presley, the couple’s only child, died aged 54 on January 12 after suffering a cardiac arrest.
The court petition challenges a 2016 amendment to Lisa Marie’s will that displaced Priscilla as trustee of the estate.
The document misspelled her mother’s name and has a signature that appears unusual, Priscilla Presley’s lawyers say. In a complaint in Los Angeles Superior Court, attorneys for Priscilla, 77, said she learned of the “alleged 2016 amendment.” only after Lisa Marie’s death.
The amendment in question removes her mother and former business manager Barry Siegel as co-trustees and replaces them with her children Riley, 33, and Benjamin Keough.
Benjamin Keough died in 2020 at the age of 27. Riley Keough is an actress whose films include the 2020 thriller The Devil All the Time and the Amazon series The Terminal List.
According to the court challenge, Presley claims the amendment was never delivered to her during her daughter’s lifetime, as specifically required in the will.
The amendment to Lisa Marie’s will “misspels her mother’s name” and bears Lisa Marie’s signature which “appears inconsistent with her usual and customary signature”, the court filing seen by the BBC said.
Her lawyers also claim that the amendment was not certified by witnesses or a notary public.
“Based on the foregoing, the purported 2016 amendment should be held to be invalid,” the motion said.
The legal action comes less than a week after Lisa Marie Presley’s family attended a public memorial service for her at the family’s Graceland estate in Memphis, Tennessee. During the service, Priscilla read a poem she believed was written by one of Lisa Marie’s three daughters. All three, including Riley, attended the service.
Lisa Marie’s cause of death has not yet been released by the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner.