The Kasem family had a somber Father’s Day as Casey Kasem, the iconic radio personality, passed away on Sunday. He had been in hospice care since Thursday afternoon, an attorney for Kasem’s daughter, Kerri, reported. The rift between Kasem’s children and his wife, Jean had been widely reported as his health declined in 2013. Among the many legal issues that had been litigated between the parties, Kerri recently won a conservatorship that allowed her to make decisions about his medical care, since Kasem was diagnosed as suffering from a form of dementia
It could be difficult to find one person in California to disagree that ex-child star Amanda Bynes has been acting strangely. Trouble with Los Angeles police led to the young woman's arrest last year on DUI and hit-and-run charges. Bynes has since fled the city for New York, where her unusual behavior continues to attract attention.
One of the primary duties of an estate planning attorney is to translate a persons wishes into legal language that casts no doubts in court. Heirs, beneficiaries and probate judges cannot quiz a decedent. Estate choices a person makes while alive must be absolutely clear to avoid misinterpretation.
Many people in California are familiar with mediation in divorce. Spouses who employ mediators often save money and time by resolving sticky issues like asset disputes without prolonged, emotion-fueled litigation.
Sometimes incapacity prevents a person, like an elderly parent or a developmentally disabled child, from making sound life decisions. Conservatorships provide a legal remedy to protect vulnerable loved ones from financial and other abuses.
Britney Spears makes headlines today for very different reasons than she did a few years ago. James Spears, Britney's father, became his daughter's conservator five years ago after the singer exhibited bizarre public behavior.
The man who played the proud, strutting, wealthy George Jefferson on The Jeffersons died last July. Sherman Hemsley, whose 1970s comedy show was filmed in Los Angeles, was never buried. A probate court had to decide whether the actor's will was sound and funeral plans were delayed.
The management of a California family's $11 million trust fund is under careful watch by federal law enforcement officials and family members. A probate judge in Los Angeles County recently approved a $50,000 compensation payment to one of the estate trustees, who is under FBI scrutiny.