Las Vegas judge dismisses petition to take PoA from B B King's manager

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

A Clark County judge has denied a petition by three of B B King's children to take over legal control of the Blues artist's affairs from his long-time manager, Laverne Toney.

Karen Williams, Rita Washington and Patty King accuse Toney of stealing King's money, neglecting his medical needs and preventing family and friends from visiting him. In the April 29 petition they claim that USD1 million is unaccounted for and that USD5 million is at stake. Toney's attorney Brent Bryson denied the accusation.

Jon Norheim, Clark County Family Court's Hearing Master said that there was no evidence of the need for guardianship and that while B B King has serious health issues, he did not believe that King lacks capacity. Norheim went on to say that since King has counsel: "If he feels like he's being taken advantage of, he has remedies."

This decision does not preclude further legal action by King's children to take over his affairs – Norheim said he could not consider the petition until all of King's children and grandchildren receive legal notice. It is reported that the three have stated their intention to pursue the matter further.


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