Probate trial set for Donald Sterling

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FILE – In this Nov. 12, 2010 file photo, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald T. Sterling, right, sits with his wife Shelly during the Clippers NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Los Angeles. Donald Sterling has agreed to surrender his stake of the Clippers to his wife, and she is moving forward with selling the team. A person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press Friday. May 23, 2014, that the couple made the agreement after weeks of discussion. The individual wasn’t authorized to speak publicly about the agreement. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

FILE – In this Nov. 12, 2010 file photo, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald T. Sterling, right, sits with his wife Shelly during the Clippers NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Los Angeles. Donald Sterling has agreed to surrender his stake of the Clippers to his wife, and she is moving forward with selling the team. A person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press Friday. May 23, 2014, that the couple made the agreement after weeks of discussion. The individual wasn’t authorized to speak publicly about the agreement. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — A trial has been scheduled for next month in Los Angeles probate court to determine whether Donald Sterling was properly removed as an administrator for the family trust that owns the Clippers.

An attorney for Donald Sterling’s estranged wife, Sherry Sterling, sought the trial to confirm that as sole trustee she can proceed with a $2 billion sale of the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

Sherry Sterling’s lawyer, Pierce O’Donnell, says three doctors have filed reports saying Donald Sterling lacks the mental capacity to be a trustee.

The trial will begin July 7 and last four days. The deadline for the sale is July 15.

Donald Sterling’s lawyer, Bobby Samini, left the courthouse without comment after a clerk announced the trial schedule.

Associated Press

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