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Judge rejects conservatorship for Casey Kasem

November 20, 2013

LOS ANGELES—Casey Kasem is receiving good medical care and a conservatorship is unnecessary for the ailing radio personality, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Superior Court Judge Lesley Green urged lawyers to reach an agreement that would allow three of Kasem’s adult children to visit their father, who is suffering from advanced Parkinson’s disease.

Kasem’s children have said they are being blocked from seeing their father by his wife of more than 30 years, Jean. But her lawyer Marshall Grossman said the children have rejected a proposal to allow them to visit their father each month and on major holidays.

Green acknowledged there is “bad blood” in the family, but noted a doctor who has evaluated Kasem reported he wants to see his children.

Kasem’s daughter Julie was seeking a temporary conservatorship for her father, but Green rejected that effort Tuesday. She cited reports by investigators and doctors who said Kasem was receiving by all accounts good medical treatment in his home.

The judge told lawyers to try to work out an agreement for visitation by Kasem’s children and set another court hearing for Dec. 20.

Attorneys for both sides planned to try to negotiate a visitation agreement Tuesday.

Julie Kasem’s attorney, Andrew Katzenstein, said his clients were pleased to learn that their father was being well cared for and hoped that a visitation arrangement could be worked out. He said the effort to have a conservatorship established was all about making sure Kasem was being properly looked after and to allow his children to see their father.

Grossman said he wants an accord that will end any further court action. “We’re looking to bring peace, not piecemeal,” he told Green.

Casey Kasem, 81, gained fame with his radio music countdown shows, “American Top 40” and “Casey’s Top 40,” and also was the voice of Shaggy in the cartoon “Scooby Doo.”

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Judge rejects conservatorship for Casey Kasem

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Casey Kasem Near Death but Alert, Children Suing Wife Jean for Conservatorship NOT Will and Money

Casey Kasem Near Death but Alert, Children Suing Wife Jean for Conservatorship NOT Will and Money

October 29, 2013

Casey Kasem is near death but alert, according to some statements from sources close to the matter. This announcement comes after his children announce they may be suing his current wife, Jean.

Reports indicate that the children are seeking conservatorship of their father and are not looking to alter his will or get money from the legendary broadcaster.

Kasem, who has made a fortune from his distinctive radio voice and delivery style, is not in good health. The popular top 40 host has Parkinsons and has lost the ability to speak. His agent of 35 years, Don Pitts, told CNN about his client’s health:

“He has Parkinson’s, has it very bad. It took his speech, and for somebody who made millions of dollars using his voice–for him to lose that gift, that beautiful instrument–it must be frustrating. But he’s handling it very well. His mind is very sharp, his brain works well. You can tell in his eyes he understands everything you’re saying. He just has trouble translating it from the brain to his vocal cords.”

In an even sadder turn of event, Mr. Kasem’s children have been prevented from seeing their own father. At one point, the kids were camped outside of residence with signs.

The siblings recently spoke to New York Daily News, telling the publication of their intentions moving forward. Kerri Kasem discussed the legal actions they may pursue in order to see their ailing father again:

“We haven’t heard anything from her yet. We’re giving her a chance to respond privately, and if she doesn’t, we’re taking legal action. I think we’re going to wait until Monday or Tuesday. If she doesn’t answer our letters, we’ll have to do it in court. We hope it doesn’t come to that.”

The children want to declare their sister Julie as conservator of Casey. Kerri, who is now 48, discussed why Julie is the logical choice:

“Her forte is working with people in hospice situations. We just want to be sure our dad is being cared for properly. We don’t want to be in charge of his money, just his health care.”

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Casey Kasem Near Death but Alert, Children Suing Wife Jeanfor Conservatorship NOT Will and Money

Casey Kasem Early Dementia ‘Shuffles’ Around

October 20, 2013

Casey Kasem is mainly bedridden with advanced Parkinson’s disease, only able to “shuffle short distances” and may have the early onset of dementia … this according to new legal docs obtained by TMZ.

The docs were filed by Julie, one of Casey’s 3 kids from his first marriage, asking a judge to create a conservatorship and give her and her husband the power to control Casey’s health care decision.

Julie says in the papers that Casey’s wife of 33 years, Jean, has isolated Casey from his kids.  Julie says Jean won’t even allow Casey’s kids to talk with them by phone.

Julie claims she currently has a power of attorney to make health care decisions for Casey, and that should give more than enough authority to have contact with him.

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Casey Kasem Early Dementia ‘Shuffles’ Around

Mickey Rooney Stepson Settles Elder Abuse Suit FOR MILLIONS

October 19, 2013

Mickey Rooney‘s stepson now concedes he owes the famed actor $2.8 million for allegedly siphoning off a ton of money from Mickey’s financial accounts, but there’s a GIGANTIC catch.

Christopher Aber and his wife, Christina, have just settled with Mickey’s conservators, after allegations they played funny with Mickey’s money.  There were also allegations the couple deprived Mickey of food, meds, and even blocked him from leaving his home.

The whole thing escalated when the 93-year-old actor testified before Congress on elder abuse.

So now Christopher and Christina — who have declared bankruptcy — have folded.  So how, you ask, can Mickey get $2.8 mil?  Well under the settlement, Christopher and Christina have a homeowner’s insurance policy that arguably covers this type of wrongdoing.  So Mickey’s lawyers think they can use the settlement to go after the insurance company and get their dough.

Here’s the rub.  The insurance company has already made it clear … it’s not paying anything because the alleged abuses were intentional, and that’s not covered under the policy.

So Mickey’s lawyers are now going to sue the insurance company and demand not only the $2.8 mil but also punitive damages for bad faith denial of coverage.           

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Mickey Rooney Stepson Settles Elder Abuse Suit FOR MILLIONS

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Elder Abuse Lawsuit Filed on Behalf of Mickey Rooney

Court Hears Mickey Rooney’s Allegations of Elder Abuse

Family Feud Cops Called

October 2, 2013

Casey Kasem … the legendary DJ who hosted America’s Top 40 for decades, is in dire condition, and a family feud has erupted between Casey’s kids and their stepmom.

Jean Kasem — Casey’s wife — will NOT allow Kerri, Julie and Mike to visit their father, who lives in the exclusive Holmby Hills area near Bev Hills.   We’re told they’ve been trying to make contact with their dad for 3 months, to no avail.

Casey — who is 81 and has advanced Parkinson’s —  hasn’t been heard from in months. 

The kids are outside the house right now … with a group of friends, family and former co-workers of Casey — and we’re told Jean has just called the cops trying to get them away from the property.

Casey’s brother, who is on the scene, tells TMZ Jean has had a strained relationship with Casey’s kids for years.  The brother says he hasn’t spoken with Jean since Casey married her — 33 years.  Kerri, Casey’s oldest daughter, tells us Jean has aggressively blocked the kids from the house.

Kerri tells us it’s not about money.  The kids have all been excluded from Casey’s will and they’ve known that for a long time.  She says they just want to see their dad, and they can’t.

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Family Feud Cops Called

Huguette Clark estate trial delayed 2 days to allow attempt at settlement

September 19, 2013

Huguette Clark estate, “Empty Mansions”
The copper heiress Huguette Clark
 poses in a Japanese print dress
 in about 1943, when she was 37.

NEW YORK — A last-ditch effort at a settlement is delaying Tuesday’s scheduled start of the trial to determine who will inherit the $300 million estate of Huguette M. Clark, the reclusive heiress to a copper mining fortune, attorneys said Monday.

To allow time for negotiations, jury selection has been put off until Thursday morning in Surrogate’s Court in Lower Manhattan.

The office of the New York attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, is trying to broker a settlement, attorneys said. His office’s Charities Bureau has made previous attempts, but Clark’s relatives, who are challenging her last will and testament, have not been able to find common ground with the beneficiaries named in the will.

It wasn’t clear Monday night how close a settlement might be. Several of the more than 60 attorneys in the case declined to comment. Schneiderman’s office had no comment.

Huguette (pronounced “oo-GET”) Marcelle Clark was the youngest daughter of former U.S. Sen. William Andrews Clark (1839-1925), one of the copper kings of Montana and one of the richest men of the Gilded Age, a railroad builder and founder of Las Vegas. Born in Paris in 1906, Huguette was a shy painter and doll collector who spent her last 20 years living in simple hospital rooms. She attracted the attention of NBC News in 2009 because her fabulous homes in Connecticut, California and New York sat unoccupied but carefully maintained.

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Astor swindler Anthony Marshall’s ‘sick’ ploy in bid to go free

September 2, 2013
SMILE! Evidence photo from DA showing Anthony Marshall was well enough to attend a black-tie gala at the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum in Manhattan last February at the same time his lawyers were arguing he was too sick and frail to go to prison.

The octogenarian aristocrat who swindled his philanthropist mother, Brooke Astor, out of $185 million claims he is too sick to serve out his prison term — but Manhattan prosecutors aren’t buying it.

Anthony Marshall, 89, hasn’t provided medical documentation to back up his sob story and was even partying on the Intrepid right before he was sent away, prosecutors claim.

The Parkinson’s suffering fraudster — who has served fewer than two months of his 1- to 3-year sentence — will go before a parole board tomorrow to determine whether he’ll be released on medical grounds from Fishkill Correctional Facility.

Marshall’s medical claims can’t be substantiated as he hasn’t turned over sufficient medical records despite repeated requests, wrote Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Loewy in a seven-page letter sent to the Department of Correction on Aug. 14..

But his attendance at a party last February suggests he isn’t doing too badly, the prosecutor argues.

“Marshall was well enough to attend a black-tie gala at the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum in Manhattan,” she wrote. She even included a picture of the wheelchair-bound con smiling in a tux as his wife, Charlene, stands behind him. The lavish dinner party for 600 guests celebrated the construction of the ship Titanic II, the letter states.

“Mashall’s ability to socialize to this extent, at about the same time defense counsel and Dr. Franklin were describing his condition in such dire terms, is certainly relevant to the determination whether releasing him at the outset of his prison term would undermine the public’s respect for the law,” she wrote.

She adds that Marshall’s age shouldn’t be a factor in considering his release especially given that his own mother was 102 years old and in the throes of Alzheimer induced dementia when he robbed her blind.


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Astor swindler Anthony Marshall’s ‘sick’ ploy in bid to go free

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Marshall’s Criminal Trial

Mrs. Astor Regrets

Too Sick for Court?

Zsa Zsa Gabor’s daughter questions conservator’s use of money

August 25, 2013

LOS ANGELES — In newly filed court papers, an attorney for Zsa Zsa Gabor’s daughter questions how money from the 96-year-old actress’ estate is being spent by her husband, who also serves as her court-appointed temporary conservator.

Kenneth Kossoff, who represents Constance Francesca Gabor Hilton, is recommending that Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Reva Goetz reject the inventory of income and expenses offered by Frederic Prinz von Anhalt and his lawyer, William Remery.

“The conservator (von Anhalt) throws frequent, lavish parties at (Gabor’s) house attended by strangers to (her), while (she) is confined to her bedroom,” Kossoff’s court papers state.

Von Anhalt also restricts Gabor’s daughter to entering the home through one door and does not invite her to birthday parties held for her mother, Kossoff wrote.

Gabor’s daughter filed her own conservatorship petition in March 2012 after learning the Bel Air home of her ailing, bedridden mother allegedly was in default over missed mortgage payments and that von Anhalt had obtained a six-figure loan against his wife’s equity in the property.

But both sides last summer reached an interim solution in favor of appointing von Anhalt as Gabor’s temporary conservator.

In May, Goetz approved the sale of the couple’s home for $11 million in an agreement that allows Gabor, an actress and contemporary of well-known celebrities and Coachella Valley residents such as Bob Hope and Frank Sinatra who once owned a home in Palm Springs, to remain at the Bel Air estate for three years.

Under law, von Anhalt is required to submit an accounting of expenses and income to Goetz.

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Zsa Zsa Gabor’s daughter questions conservator’s use of money

Pauper v Probate: Notice of Perjury and Referral for Prosecution and Disciplinary Action

July 28, 2013
Pauper v. Probate Court
(The Biggest Business in the World)                                                                                           
                                                                     Case No. : PD1; Filed: November 8, 2011

Notice of perjury by David E. Tate and Paul T. Housch 
Pauper v Probate – Notice of Perjury and Referral for Prosecution and Disciplinary Action
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Hicks: Amanda Bynes’ parents seeking guardianship

July 27, 2013

Amanda Bynes, accompanied
by attorney Gerald Shargel
Amanda Bynes’ parents are going to court on Friday to ask for a temporary guardianship of their daughter, according to E! Online.

Bynes was detained Monday night on a 72-hour psychiatric hold after allegedly setting a fire in the driveway of a home near her parents’ house in Thousand Oaks. No injuries were reported and Bynes was not arrested, but bystanders have attested to seeing the actress’ pants on fire.

This is where I do not make a “liar liar” joke.

One witness told the website the 27-year-old Bynes was “frantic and discombobulated.”

TMZ reported Thursday that sources close to the situation say at the facility where Bynes is staying say that she’s lucid forlong stretches, then goes off the handle for shorter amounts of time.

Doctors reportedly have already determined Bynes is suffering from a severe mental illness “with schizophrenic tendencies.” The website reported that Bynes is aware “there’s a good Amanda and a bad Amanda.” Talking about the bad Amanda she almost mimics an exorcism, pulling at her body as if to remove the demon, and even biting herself.

The sources also supposedly said she’s had to be physically restrained. She was initially in a room with another patient, but reportedly berated her roomate until she was moved.

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Hicks: Amanda Bynes’ parents seeking guardianship