This is very sad. Andre Norton, a prolific science fiction and fantasy author, left a confusing will and estate. As a result, manuscripts that she left behind are entangled in this mess, and who knows when they’ll ever be published.
I’m not a lawyer, but . . .
Writers and authors should remember that their manuscripts and copyrights SHOULD be addressed in their wills.Authors need to be very clear in appointing a literary executor. In addition, as this Andre Norton situation portends, they should also be clear – as part of the process – who exactly benefits from any future royalties.