Conservatorship of Etta James

Associate Attorney Pamela Valencia of Riverside elder law firm, Dennis M. Sandoval, a Professional Law Corporation, was the court appointed attorney for the contested conservatorship proceedings of the famous R&B singer, Jamesetta Mills, a.k.a. Etta James, up until the time of her death in 2012. The case involved a dispute as to whether Etta’s husband, Artis Mills, or her son, Donto, should be conservator of her estate.

At the time Etta was suffering from dementia, leukemia and kidney failure. For the most part, she was unable to communicate with Pamela. A conservatorship is a legal procedure in California where the court determines the appropriate person to handle the personal and/or financial affairs of a person, usually a senior, who lacks the ability to care for himself or herself. When the person has dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, the court will appoint an estate planning attorney to represent the incapacitated person, as they did in Etta James’ case.

The story of this case is summarized in the Investigation Discovery Channel’s program — The Will: Family Secrets Revealed, The Etta James Story. Elder law attorneys Pamela Valencia and Dennis Sandoval both appear in the program, as well as family members and other legal and health care professionals. A free DVD of the program is available by calling our Riverside elder law firm at 951-787-7711 or visiting our website.

If you have questions such as:

  • Does my parent need a conservatorship?
  • Are there alternatives to a conservatorship?
  • What if my parent or siblings don’t agree to the conservatorship?
  • What are my duties as a conservator?
  • How do I prepare the accountings required by the court?
  • What if I want to contest a conservatorship?
  • What do I do if I am unhappy with the lawyer currently representing me in the conservatorship?
  • How much a conservatorship cost in Riverside or San Bernardino Counties?

call the Riverside law firm of Dennis M. Sandoval, a PLC, or visit our website to schedule a free one hour consultation with one of our elder law attorneys. Dennis M. Sandoval is the only Certified Elder Law Attorney in Riverside.

Dennis M. Sandoval, A Professional Law Corporation, of Riverside, California, provides representation throughout Riverside, Corona, Norco, Moreno Valley, Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, Mira Loma, Redlands, Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, Upland, Chino, Chino Hills, San Bernardino, Fontana, Rialto, Colton, Perris, Hemet, Sun City, Temecula, Murrieta, Menifee, Winchester, San Jacinto, Lake Elsinore, Idyllwild, Lake Arrowhead, Crestline, Running Springs, Wrightwood, Yucaipa, Palm Springs and Palm Desert.

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