An attorney for Eagles co-founder Randy Meisner said Wednesday that his client is doing well under a voluntary temporary conservatorship and criticized attempts by a former friend of the musician to have someone else appointed to look after his medical and financial needs.
Lawyer Bruce Fuller told Los Angeles Superior Court Judge William Barry that Meisner’s longtime friend, Arthur Ford, is making sure the 70-year-old bassist receives proper health care and that Meisner’s accountant, Thomas DeLong, is properly overseeing his business affairs.
“They are qualified and things are going very nicely,” Fuller said.
In April, the judge found that Meisner was of sound mind when he agreed to have Ford and DeLong as his temporary conservators.
But the selections of Ford and DeLong drew concerns from James Newton, who has filed a competing petition. Newton has said he often speaks with the musician’s children.
Newton’s lawyer, Troy Martin, states in his court papers that his client prefers that Donna Bogdanovich be appointed to oversee Meisner’s medical needs and his estate. The lawyer further stated in court papers that Bogdanovich is a former social worker and case manager who specializes in mental health issues.
Barry scheduled a trial on the competing petitions for Aug. 11 and 12.
“I think we need to put it to rest,” Barry said.
Martin told Barry that Newton believes Meisner was not of sound mind when he agreed to the temporary conservatorships. He said Newton is concerned whether the bassist gets proper medical care.
Newton is concerned that unlike Bogdanovich, Ford may not have expertise in dealing with people like Meisner, who has a history of substance issues and mental health problems, according to Martin.
Martin said previously that Meisner’s suicidal thoughts once prompted him to say he wanted to kill people with an AK-47 and then take his own life.
Barry scheduled a July 7 hearing on Martin’s request that a medical examination be performed on Meisner.
Meisner, who has appeared in court for the conservatorship hearings, shook his head in disagreement as he heard Martin speak to the judge.
Meisner’s wife, Lana, suffered a fatal gunshot wound March 6 when she lifted a rifle that accidentally discharged in the couple’s Studio City home, according to police.
Fuller filed a petition on his client’s behalf five days later asking that a conservatorship be established to provide for Meisner’s care, maintenance and support.
Fuller stated in his court papers that his client was “in a profound state of grief” and “barely able to accept the sudden and tragic loss” of his 63-year-old wife.
The Eagles were founded in 1971 by Meisner, the late Glenn Frey, Don Henley and Bernie Leadon. Meisner co-wrote and sang the hit, “Take it to the Limit.”
—City News Service
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