Court deal reached on managing Etta James' estate

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FILE - This Nov. 24, 2008 file photo shows Etta James arriving at the premiere of "Cadillac Records" in Los Angeles. ``At Last’’ and ``Tell Mama’’ blues singer Etta James, whose health has been fading in recent years, is now terminally ill and her live-in doctor is asking for prayers. Dr. Elaine James, who isn’t related to the 73-year-old entertainer, tells the Riverside, Calif., Press-Enterprise that the singer’s chronic leukemia was declared incurable two weeks ago. She’s cared for James at the singer’s Riverside area home since March 2010.  (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)
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FILE - This Nov. 24, 2008 file photo shows Etta James arriving at the premiere of "Cadillac Records" …

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — 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 estate and medical care.

The 73-year-old singer's doctor disclosed last week that James is terminally ill with chronic leukemia, 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 (http://bit.ly/tVMtaN ) says 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, while the sons wanted it capped at $100,000.

The judge set it at $350,000.

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