A judge terminated Frederic Prinz von Anhalt’s temporary conservatorship over his 98-year-old wife, Zsa Zsa Gabor, after finding that it was no longer needed and that the woman’s future medical needs can be provided through an advanced health care directive.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Clifford Klein’s May 15 order ends von Anhalt’s court-approved oversight of his wife related to her personal care. Klein also directed that a general conservatorship be established over Gabor’s estate.
A general conservatorship typically is set up for adults who are not mentally fit to handle their own finances.
Gabor has been in poor health since a 2002 automobile collision left her partly paralyzed. She later suffered strokes and had an infected leg was amputated
Gabor’s daughter, Constance Francesca Gabor Hilton, filed her own conservatorship petition in March 2012 after learning the Bel Air home of her ailing, bedridden mother allegedly was in default over missed mortgage payments and that von Anhalt had obtained a six-figure loan against his wife’s equity in the property.
But both sides later reached an interim solution in favor of appointing von Anhalt as Gabor’s temporary conservator. Gabor’s daughter died Jan. 5.
“With her death, there is no longer a petitioner in this matter to press for the continued temporary or permanent conservatorship,” von Anhalt’s court papers state.
The related costs of the conservatorship to the Gabor estate since it was established nearly three years ago total about $126,000, which would cover a year of caregiving expenses for her, von Anhalt’s court papers state.
“In addition to the unnecessary financial burden of the conservatorship proceeding, the public nature of the conservatorship proceeding has exposed the conservatee and the petitioner himself to morbid scrutiny of the public and the press, with the most personal details of their lives being a matter of public record and being the subject of public comment,” von Anhalt’s court papers state.
In May 2013, Judge Reva Goetz approved the sale of the couple’s home for $11 million in an agreement that allows Gabor to likely remain there. The sale will close either 120 days after Gabor dies or in September 2018, whichever comes first.
— City News Service