Etta James' Husband, Sons Take Financial Dispute to Court


The family of singer Etta James has taken its dispute over financing her medical care to court.

As previously reported in The Hollywood Reporter, the "At Last" vocalist is suffering from dementia and is undergoing treatment for leukemia. She can no longer sign her name and needs help with feeding, dressing and hygiene. Her husband, Artis Mills, seeks access to more than $1 million of her money which he says will be used to cover medical expenses.

James' son Donto and two other relatives have power of attorney over James' finances should she become incapacitated and are challenging Mills' claim for the funds. Donto James says he does not object to his mother's money being used to cover medical expenses but he wants a third party, not Mills, to administer the funds.

At a court hearing Friday, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Thomas H. Cahramen gave the okay to release $60,000 to Mills for James' care. The case will be reviewed again when the court meets for a rescheduled Feb. 24 hearing, notes the Los Angeles Times.

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