Rosa Parks Estate

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

An attorney for the nephew of civil rights icon Rosa Parks says the nephew will contest her 2003 will on grounds that Parks lacked the mental capacity to sign it due to dementia.

The will designates retired judge Adam Shakoor and Parks' longtime friend and caregiver, Elaine Steele, as administrators of her estate.

But attorney Darren Findling said yesterday William McCauley of Detroit will object. The 47-year-old McCauley also contends that Parks was unduly influenced by people around her.

Findling tells the Detroit Free Press that he hopes the parties can quickly reach an agreement.

McCauley is one of 13 living children of Parks' brother, Sylvester McCauley. He filed a petition in Wayne County Probate Court last week seeking to be named the estate's personal representative.

The 92-year-old Parks was a widow who had no children. She died
October 24th at her Detroit riverfront condominium.

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