Laverne Toney, B.B. King's long time manager, has been granted permission to manage the singer's estate. Four of the deceased singer's daughters hired lawyers and appealed to this decision, but to no avail. The daughters, Karen Williams, Patty King, Rita Washington and Barbara Winfree were initially turned down by Clark county District judge Gloria Sturman and could not contest the will.
B.B. King wrote a will sometime before January 2007 where he named Toney as a sole caretaker of King’s property and his trust. An attorney from Las Vegas, Larissa Drohobyczer argued that Toney illegally used her power of attorney and siphoned some USD 1 million from his personal account to an account she had access to. Toney was also accused of preventing King’s relatives from seeing him during his last days.
Judge Sturman said that she does not exclude the possibility of Toney siphoning the money off, but King’s wish should be respected. B.B. King died on May 14 aged 89, and his daughters claim that Toney was poisoning him and stole money from him as well. They also allege that B.B. King wrote a second will, but so far no proof of the document has been presented to the judge. “There has to be more to the objections than hollow allegations and innuendo,” attorney Brent Bryson, lawyer for the estate and Toney said.
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