A settlement reached between Tim Conway’s wife and daughter over his care includes an agreement that his spouse be named permanent conservator of her husband, an attorney said Wednesday.
During a hearing Tuesday, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David Cowan was informed about the settlement and named Charlene Conway to the position, according to her lawyer, Jeffrey Forer.
Cowan found that a conservatorship was warranted and that Conway is unable to make his own healthcare decisions, according to a minute order from Tuesday’s hearing. His order also disqualified Conway from voting.
Michael Harris, Conway’s court-appointed attorney, stated in court papers filed March 20 seeking fees for his work that the case was settled during a final mediation session on March 13.
Kelly Conway started the legal battle in 2018, maintaining her 85-year-old father has dementia and that she should be named his permanent conservator. Charlene Conway initially said her husband did not need to be placed under a conservatorship, but that if a judge decided he needed such protection, she should be the person selected for that role.
On Sept. 14, Judge Robert Wada rejected Kelly Conway’s petition for a temporary conservatorship, finding that her concerns about her stepmother’s medical decisions regarding her father were moot at the time because he was hospitalized Sept. 3 and underwent brain surgery.
The actor/comedian is bedridden and cannot speak, according to conclusions reached by his doctor and detailed in court papers previously submitted by Forer. Conway is under 24-hour care at a rehabilitation facility.
Dr. Maurice Zagha said he evaluated the entertainer on Jan. 5. According to Zagha, Conway understands what people are saying to him, but is unable to reply. Zagha said the verbal impediment makes it hard for him to determine Conway’s overall mental capacity, but that over time he has been able to read the actor’s facial expressions.
Conway was a cast member on the 1961-62 ABC variety series, “The Steve Allen Show,” before landing the role of Ensign Charles Beaumont Parker on the 1962-66 ABC comedy “McHale’s Navy.” In the 1970s, he became a cast member on “The Carol Burnett Show.”
In addition to Kelly, Conway and his first wife Mary Anne Dalton had five other children, including KFI-AM (640) talk show host Tim Conway Jr. They divorced in 1978.
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