Last spring, our Las Vegas estate planning blog discussed the events surrounding radio icon Casey Kasem leading up to his death at the age of 82. Our blog post from June highlighted Kasem's daughter's efforts to win conservatorship of her father after she and her siblings were prevented from seeing their father by his current wife. While the conservatorship was granted, events since that time warrant a follow-up discussion and perhaps a cautionary note about the limitations of conservatorships in estate planning.
After Kasem's wife took the ailing broadcaster from his assisted living facility, the two disappeared for some time. Eventually they were found at the home of a friend living in the northwestern United States. Kasem's daughter was able to use her court-appointed conservatorship to obtain a court order to allow her to visit him along with medical professionals to assess his condition.