Belfast Telegraph

Court deal reached on James' estate

The husband and sons of terminally ill At Last and Tell Mama blues singer Etta James have reached a deal on managing her 1 million dollar estate and medical care.

The 73-year-old singer's doctor disclosed last week that Etta is terminally ill with chronic leukaemia, dementia and kidney problems.

Her adult sons Donto and Sametto had challenged the decisions of their stepfather Artis Mills, who married the singer in 1969 and is the estate's conservator.

Donto James asked a Riverside County judge to appoint him temporary conservator. But The Riverside Press-Enterprise said Monday's agreement keeps Mills in place as conservator.

At issue was the amount of money available to Mills for the expenses and care of the singer. He wanted 500,000 dollars while the sons wanted it capped at 100,000 dollars.

The judge set it at 350,000 dollars.

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