Update-Casey Kasem Children Settle Conservatorship Matter

Los Angeles Superior Court Case Number BP 145805 concerning the Appointment of the Conservatorship over the Person and Temporary Appointment of the Conservatorship over the Person of Casey Kasem had been filed on October 7, 2013. Casey Kasem had been the founder of “America’s Top 40”.

Update on the Conservatorship Petition alleging that Mr. Kasem has the following problems:

— major impairment to short term, long term and immediate recall memory
— major impairment to verbally communicate
— major impairment to perform simple calculations, plan simple tasks and reason logically.
— severe disorganized thinking
— moderate hallucinations
After Mr. Kasem had been checked out by police detectives and social services workers, last fall, as is typical in conservatorship matters.

Previously, Probate Volunteer Panel, Attorney Samuel Ingham, told Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Roy Paul that he has visited Mr. Kasem and that he did not see the immediate need for a conservatorship but that he still lacked information about the former radio host’s doctors and treatments. Mr. Kasem is suffering from advanced Parkinson’s disease, according to court filings by his adult daughter, Julie Kasem.

Judge Roy Paul has postponed any decision in the case until November 19, 2013, in Department 29 of the Los Angeles Superior Court so an investigation can be carried out into Kasem’s health and well being. The matter was again continued on December 20, 2013. Later on January 13, 2014, Mr. Ingham filed his PVP Report with the court. Ultimately, given that the an agreement was reached between Mr Kasem’s wife and daughter, on January 14, 2014, Judge Lesley C. Green, now presiding in Department 29 of the Los Angeles Superior Court denied the appointment of a conservator, but did grant the motion to seal records
At Ginzburg & Bronshteyn, LLP we are dedicated to providing efficient, effective, and affordable solutions to clients involved in conservatorship cases, trust and estate disputes, as well as other types of family law issues. California law provides that conservatorships can be created for people who are incapacitated and cannot manage their own affairs. A conservator has many powers and responsibilities, which can include the ability to make medical and financial decisions on the incapacitated person’s behalf.

At its basic level a conservatorship is a protective court proceeding in which a judge appoints a responsible person (a “conservator”) to care for another adult who cannot care for themselves or their finances (a “conservatee”). The difficulties presented by the incapacity of a loved one are significant and the attorneys at Ginzburg & Bronshteyn, LLP the attorneys realize the emotional toll the process can take on all involved. Under Probate Code Section 810 all persons are rebuttably presumed to have the capacity to make their own decisions and be responsible for their actions. We assist families throughout Los Angeles, Orange, and Ventura Counties, confronted with the permanent or temporary incapacity of a loved one by establishing and administering conservatorships.

In the event a person becomes unable to manage their own care or their finances, and does not have certain estate planning documents in place, a conservatorship proceeding may be necessary. A person may become incapacitated for many reasons, illness or disease such as Alzheimers or an accident.

If appropriate, the Court may appoint a conservator of the person, a conservator of the estate, or a conservator of both the person and estate of an adult [Prob. Code § 1800.3(a)(1)].

We can help individuals and families facing the prospect of obtaining a conservatorship or if appropriate contest the appointment of a conservator.

Probate Code Section 1800.3 provides:

If the need therefor is established to the satisfaction of the court and the other requirements of this chapter are satisfied, the court may appoint:
A conservator of the person or estate of an adult, or both.
A conservator of the person of a minor who is married or whose marriage has been dissolved.
No conservatorship of the person or of the estate shall be granted by the court unless the court makes an express finding that the granting of the conservatorship is the least restrictive alternative needed for the protection of the conservatee.

We are here to help you and your loved ones. To discuss your needs and discover your options, consult the Los Angeles incapacity and estate planning attorneys at Ginzburg & Bronshteyn, LLP. We serve clients in Los Angeles, Orange County, Ventura County, and throughout Southern and Northern California including Agoura Hills, Beverly Hills, Calabasas, Camarillo, Culver City, Encino, Hidden Hills, Irvine, Lake Sherwood, Oxnard, Pasadena, Santa Monica, Simi Valley, Tarzana, Thousand Oaks, Torrance, West Lake Village, West Los Angeles, and Woodland Hills. Our attorneys are renowned for producing high quality work and working diligently to achieve our client’s goals. We have developed a reputation for effective representation in complex and sophisticated matters as we guide you through the complex legal process. We are experienced in obtaining and defending against conservatorships. Contact us by calling (310) 914-3222 in Los Angeles, or (818) 787-1011 in Westlake Village, or by using our online contact form.