According to a series of new reports, Los Angeles Superior Judge Daniel Juarez granted a petition filed by Robert Girardi, the brother of the 81-year-old attorney, on Monday and named a temporary conservator for him.
“The Court finds that the Proposed Temporary Conservatee is not attending the hearing because of medical inability,” an order read.
In a report written by Thomas’s court-appointed lawyer, Rudy Cosio, it was said “that Thomas could not fully comprehend the nature of the proceedings although he did state that he had no objections to Robert taking care of him the limited purpose of executing contracts on his behalf. Thomas voiced his concern of having a media circus at the hearing.”
“He indicated that he wanted to continue the matter for thirty days as 10 identified the petitioner and reviewed the petition with him,” the lawyer continued, adding that Thomas was “currently having tests performed to diagnose any memory issues.”
“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 wrote in his request.
While Robert claimed Thomas is unable to perform his day-to-day functions without assistance, Thomas’ many creditors have questioned whether he’s truly experiencing memory loss and made it clear that they find the timing of his supposed struggles convenient.
According to a second report from Us Weekly, the conservatorship is set to expire on March 30 with an addition hearing set to take place on March 15.
During the upcoming hearing, the court will discuss a number of other requests made in Robert’s petition for conservatorship, including his petition to be given the authority to put Tom in a facility that treats neurocognitive disorders.
“There was an urgent need for Bob Girardi to have the power to engage counsel in the bankruptcy proceeding on his brother’s behalf, and Tom’s court-appointed counsel clearly agreed, as did the court today,” Robert’s attorney, Nicholas Van Brunt, told the magazine in a statement.
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