Control Of Whitney Houston's Estate Could Raise Conflict Inside Family

05/22/2012 01:46 pm ET

Look no further than Michael Jackson for proof that the estate of a superstar can continue to earn money for years after the star dies. The same is true for Whitney Houston, but insiders warn that leaving a family member in charge could be a bad idea.

"If Michael's estate had left control to a family member, it would have been a disaster. These matters need to be handled by trained professionals and lawyers, not someone that married your brother," a music manager tells me, referring to Whitney's sister-in-law and manager, Pat Houston.

This weekend at the Billboard Music Awards, it was Pat Houston who took the stage next to the late singer's daughter, Bobbi Kristina, to accept a Millennium Award on the star's behalf. Pat is also the driving force behind and star of Lifetime's forthcoming reality show "Houston Family Chronicles."

"After years of being in the shadows, this seems to be Pat's moment in the spotlight," one family insider tells me. "But she needs to be careful about what she wishes for. As Whitney knew too well, being famous and all that it brings isn't always good."

In addition to Pat and Bobbi Kristina, the Lifetime show will also follow Pat's daughter, Rayah; Whitney’s brother, Gary; and Whitney's mother, Cissy.


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