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The Presley family are being torn apart by greed over Lisa’s will

“The tension between them was palpable.”
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Priscilla is contesting her late daughter’s will, putting her at odds with her granddaughter. Lisa Marie Presley had not even been in her final resting place for a week before a family war over her estate burst into the public domain.

Her mother Priscilla, 77, last week filed documents in the Los Angeles Superior Court contesting a “purported 2016 amendment” to her 54-year-old daughter’s will that cut her out of the estate, naming Lisa’s daughter Riley, 33, and late son Ben – who died by suicide aged 27 in 2020 – as sole beneficiaries.

Priscilla is contesting her late daughter’s will, putting her at odds with her granddaughter.

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Priscilla reportedly questions the validity of the document, alleging that the signature “appears inconsistent with Lisa’s usual and customary signature”, adding that her name had been spelled wrong. The move will pit grandmother firmly against granddaughter, after they buried Lisa together next to Elvis at Graceland on January 22.

Insiders tell Woman’s Day exclusively that the cracks had already begun to show at the funeral, with Priscilla, her son Navarone Garibaldi and Lisa’s ex-husband Michael Lockwood arriving on one private jet, and Riley and her husband Ben Smith-Petersen touching down in Memphis separately.

“Priscilla and Riley barely looked at each other the whole time,” says a mourner at the funeral. “The tension between them was palpable.” A New York Post source claims Priscilla’s court move is “nothing but a money grab” for herself, Navarone, 35,

and Michael, 61.

“[Lisa] had no relationship with Priscilla, [Michael] Lockwood or her half-brother,” the insider claimed, despite the mother-daughter duo sitting together at the Golden Globes just two days before Lisa’s death after two cardiac arrests.

Lisa Marie died of a cardiac arrest on January 12, 2023

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“There was a lot of bad blood between them,” TMZ producer Jacob Wasserman explained ahead of the release of the website’s bombshell new documentary.

“Yes, they were with each other at the Golden Globes, but some family members told us they were absolutely shocked to see them sitting at the same table.”

Woman’s Day’s own sources say it’s more accurate to say that Riley and Priscilla “don’t really have a relationship”,

and maintain Priscilla always remained close to Michael, who suffered a public custody battle with his late ex-wife, which Lisa and “therefore probably” Riley didn’t like.

“Priscilla only stayed close to him for the sake of her grandchildren, Lisa’s 14-year-old daughters Harper and Finley,” assures a source.Lisa’s well-documented money troubles – including reportedly blowing through her dad Elvis’ $100 million inheritance – will now come to the fore.


Reports suggest she was around $20 million in debt when she died, but according to the TMZ documentary she

had taken out “multiple life insurance policies” before she passed away.

“There’s more than $40 million to be divided among the three kids,” TMZ’s Harvey Levin reveals.

As for the future, reports suggest Riley “wants to maintain a relationship with her sisters. Of course, Priscilla wants to see her granddaughters. Danny absolutely wants to stay in touch with the kids… but there’s a lot of bad blood between Danny and Michael.”

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