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Eagles bassist Randy Meisner fights to choose his own conservator

Randy Meisner, a founding band member from the Eagles, was granted authority to appoint his own conservator last Friday. A Los Angeles judge gave Meisner the authority to appoint his longtime friend and accountant as temporary conservator following the recent death of his wife, Lana, in a gun accident.

Accountant Arthur Ford is to serve as temporary conservators for both Meisner's estate and medical care. Meisner requested the conservatorship because he says he is barely able to accept his wife's sudden loss. According to police, Lana died while she was moving a shotgun, which accidentally went off.

Meisner is in such an awful state of grief as a result of the incident that he has asked to be cared for by his advisors and trusted friends. Another friend of Meisner, Jim Newton, stated that the elderly bassist does indeed need a conservator, but Newton argues that Ford and another appointee should not serve as Meisner's conservators. In fact, Newton asked the judge to appoint an independent conservator. This is the second time the friend has made such a request on Meisner's behalf.

Newton alleges that accountant Arthur Ford is merely a friend from the music industry and does not have the skills and knowledge required to expertly care for Meisner. Newton suggests that Ford will act as a sham conservator and will merely submit to Meisner's requests rather than doing what is in his Meisner's interests. In addition to questioning Meisner's selection of conservator, the Newton further said that Meisner is not capable of choosing his own conservator.

In spite of Newton's arguments, a judge gave Meisner the ability to give conservatorship status to his friends until May 25. At that time, the judge will hear Newton's cross petition request for a different permanent conservatorship. Newton has requested a professional fiduciary to take care of Meisner's finances and health care.

California residents dealing with a conservatorship dispute may wish to speak with an estate planning attorney about the issue. An estate planning attorney can evaluate the situation to determine what an individual's rights are given the circumstances.

Source: CBS News, "Court battle after death of Eagles bassist's wife," Erin Donaghue, April 01, 2016

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