The legal wrangling between Casey Kasem’s wife and Kasem’s children continues. Last week, a judge ordered an investigation in to Kasem’s whereabouts after his children had complained that he had been removed from the state of California without their knowledge. Kasem, who is best known for his long-running radio show detailing America’s top-40 songs, is 82 years old and suffers from Lewy body dementia, which results in a progressive decline in mental abilities.
Financial elder abuse can be prevented by a carefully-crafted estate plan, provided the documents are in place while an individual is relatively young and healthy. Wills drafted in advanced age can invite legal contests among heirs and beneficiaries.