Music fans in the District of Columbia probably already know that B.B. King's health is failing. He now has in-home hospice care and his affairs are being handled by his manager, who was given power of attorney by King. Recently, three of King's children went to court to obtain guardianship of their father.
In the proceedings, allegations were made against King's manager that he was stealing from their father and that their father was not being properly taken care of by his manager. Moreover, the women claim they have been denied the right to see their father. They requested that the court declare the power of attorney invalid and give them guardianship in order to protect their father's health and assets.
King's manager and his counsel deny that anything was stolen and state that visits with King can be scheduled. In addition, two investigations have been conducted to determine whether there is any validity to their claims. Neither investigation produced any evidence of wrongdoing. Therefore, the judge denied the request made by King's daughters to cancel the power of attorney. Further, the judge determined that everyone needed to receive notification of the request for guardianship before it can be settled.
Therefore, once everyone has been notified, the women can return to court for a decision regarding their request for guardianship. Unfortunately, these circumstances are not unique. Families across the country, including some here in the District of Columbia, are fighting to ensure the safety of the health and estates of their loved ones. A power of attorney expresses the wishes of an individual, but when it is believed that the wrong person was chosen, families can go to court to resolve the issue.
Source: ctvnews.com, "B.B. King's daughter loses court challenge over power-of-attorney", Ken Ritter, May 7, 2015