Cher’s bid for conservatorship over son temporarily denied

A California judge was “not persuaded” after Cher’s hasty bid to gain conservatorship of her son whose appearance at court bucked another claim from the music icon.

Having stated concern over her 47-year-old son Elijah Blue Allman’s “mental health and substance abuse issues,” 77-year-old Cher had petitioned to take control of his finances in late December. Friday, after a second petition had been filed, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Jessica Uzcategui temporarily denied the diva, citing the rushed effort among her reasons.

Arguing that “absent a (conservatorship) order today,” Allman would be put in a “life and death situation,” Cher’s attorney, Gabrielle Vidal, had sought a waiver of the five-day notice typically required to inform Allman of the proposed conservatorship, the Daily Mail reported.

Since the pop star’s attorneys had given Allman “at best less than 24 hours notice,” and had refused to share confidential information with his legal team, Uzcategui remarked that she was “not persuaded” to grant the conservatorship and, instead, scheduled a hearing for Jan. 29.

Further, she expected Cher’s attorneys to hand over all confidential information to her son’s lawyers no later than a week before the hearing.

As the mother’s legal team voiced their concern over her son being the benefactor for the trust fund set up by his late father, famed musician Gregg Allman, she had also claimed that he had gone missing, and her attorneys had told the judge, “We need the ability today to retrieve the monies on behalf of Mr. Allman to make sure the money is guarded.”

However, on Friday, Allman appeared in court alongside his wife Marieangela King to defend his ability to manage the $120,000 per year in payments from his trust fund.

In the initial December filing, Cher’s attorneys had detailed, “Elijah is entitled to regular distributions from the Trust, but given his ongoing mental health and substance abuse issues, Petitioner [Cher] is concerned that any funds distributed to Elijah will be immediately spent on drugs, leaving Elijah with no assets to provide for himself and putting Elijah’s life at risk.”

“[Cher] loves Elijah immensely and has always acted with his best interests in mind,” the petition stated and also raised concerns about the “tumultuous relationship” between Allman and King connected to “a cycle of drug addiction and mental health crises.”

He had filed for divorce from his wife in 2021 who, according to Cher., “actively works to keep Elijah from getting clean and sober or receiving mental health treatment that he desperately needs,” but the duo had since reconciled.

Allman’s attorneys had filed statements from their client that attested to his willingness to submit to future drug tests and have “recently” passed on and asserting, “I am clean and sober from illicit substances for over 90 days now and am fully capable of and committed to managing the money I receive quarterly from the trust left by my late father.”

He further slapped down any claim his mother would have to oversee his finances as it was asserted though he believed she was “looking out for [his] best interests” her “unsolicited help or support” were not needed at this time and “I believe that my wife would have priority to be appointed conservator, if necessary, but I do not need that, either.”

Kevin Haggerty

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