01/04/2012

Etta James - Conservatorship Controversy

Etta James is considered to be one of the greatest blues and jazz artists of our time.  Etta is most well known for her rendition of the song "At Last".

73 year old, Etta is terminally-ill and is at the end stages of leukemia.  Etta is also suffering from dementia.

Her husband, Artis Mills filed a conservatorhip petition requesting his appointment as Etta James's financial power of attorney and power of attorney for healthcare decisions.  Etta's sons filed documents requesting that the judge deny this appointment. 

After careful consideration, the court did approve Mills's petition and her husband was appointed as Etta's conservator for medical and financial decisions.  However, Mills was ordered to equally share "end of life" decisions with Etta's two sons, the amount of her estate he can spend is limited, and has been ordered not to  "encumber her music catalog."