RHOBH star Erika Jayne's ex Tom's brother granted conservatorship over 81-year-old lawyer after 'medical emergency'February 2, 2021
REAL Housewives of Beverly Hills star Erika Jayne's 81-year-old ex-husband's brother has been granted conservatorship after a "medical emergency."
The news comes as lawyer Tom Girardi's brother Robert asked to put him in a facility.
During a hearing on Monday, Tom’s court-appointed attorney Rudy Cosio announced he would not be participating after he suffered a medical emergency just days earlier.
It was reported on January 21 that Robert had filed for conservatorship of the lawyer.
He claimed that Tom was suffering from "memory loss" following various lawsuits and the divorce filing.
According to Us Weekly, Judge Daniel Juarez approved the petition in part and named Robert the temporary conservator of Tom’s estate.
The judge also granted Robert control over Tom’s daily activities and personal matters until March 30.
A following hearing is set to take place on March 15, where the court will deliberate over the other requests made by Tom's brother in his petition.
Additionally, Robert asked the court to give him the authority to place his brother in a facility that treats neurocognitive disorders including dementia.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast in late January, Robert filed a declaration that detailed Tom's issues with day-to-day activities.
The court documents read: "Thomas V. Girardi ("Tom") is a renowned trial lawyer, responsible for some of the most notable mass tort verdicts in California.
"However, at age 81, Tom's current condition has sadly deteriorated to the point where he cannot care for himself without assistance.
"His short-term memory is severely compromised and, on information and belief, he is often not oriented as to date, time or place."
Robert added that he "has first-hand knowledge that Tom lives alone and can not care for himself."
Despite their ongoing divorce proceedings, Erika is listed as Tom's wife in the documents.
The RHOBH star, 49, announced her split from Tom in early November.
The pair had been married for 21 years.
Back in December, Tom was hit with a lawsuit claiming he “resorted to embezzling the proceeds of settlements that should have been directed to his clients – including the widows and orphans who lost loved ones in the tragic crash of Lion Air Flight 610.”
The RHOBH star's ex was accused of embezzling the settlement proceeds in order to “continue funding his and Erika’s lavish Beverly Hills lifestyles.”
The lawyer was held in civil contempt and his assets were frozen when he failed to explain why he couldn’t pay the $2 million he owed to four of his clients.
The Bravo star denied claims she "embezzled millions" of dollars, some of which was intended for "widows and orphans who lost loved ones in the tragic crash of Lion Air Flight 610.”
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