Tom Girardi, the estranged husband of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Erika Jayne, spoke in a virtual court hearing on Wednesday centered around a conservatorship overseen by his brother Robert Girardi.
According to US Weekly, the Colorado native, 82, said in the Los Angeles County Superior Court hearing: ‘Obviously, I disagree with the conservatorship altogether’, before going on to call for the order to be dissolved.
The action came into place after Tom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and dementia in March amid a litany of legal problems.
During the latest hearing, he called for further probing of the currently-temporary conservatorship, in which his brother controls his financial, heath and day-to-day life.
The latest: Tom Girardi, 82, the estranged husband of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Erika Jayne, 49, spoke in a virtual court hearing on Wednesday centered around a conservatorship led by his brother Robert Girardi
US Weekly reports Tom, told the court: ‘I think that we should put together the reasons why the conservatorship should be dissolved, and then we’ll address it, address the court. Right now, I have nothing to say to the court.’
In the hearing, the judge ruled that Robert Girardi should oversee his brother’s dealings, about eight months after Erika, 49, issued a statement following her divorce filing after 21 years of marriage last November.
‘After much consideration, I have decided to end my marriage to Tom Girardi,’ she said. ‘This is not a step taken lightly or easily. I have great love and respect for Tom and for our years and the lives we built together.
‘It is my absolute wish to proceed through this process with respect and with the privacy that both Tom and I deserve. I request others give us that privacy as well.’
Details: Girardi said in the Los Angeles County Superior Court hearing, ‘Obviously, I disagree with the conservatorship altogether,’ according to US Weekly
The latest news came amid a report from The Blast about the hearing, as Tom’s court-appointed lawyer said in legal docs that he ‘could not fully comprehend the nature of the proceedings.’
Tom didn’t have any problems with his brother ‘taking care of him and managing his finances,’ said the lawyer, noting that he replied to the questions with short affirmative answers, the outlet reported.
Court docs contained medical records that stated that Tom ‘lacks the capacity to give informed medical consent and suffers from dementia.’
The couple rose to fame on Bravo’s Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
On Wednesday’s edition of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, filmed in early November, Erika, who married Tom in 2000, told her castmates that she had ‘filed for divorce this morning.’
In addition to the split, Tom faces a number of other legal situations, including bankruptcy and multiple civil lawsuits from his former clients.
In December, both Erika and Tom faced a $2 million class action lawsuit claiming fraud and embezzlement from the firm Edelson PC in connection with the 2018 Lion Air Flight 610 crash, in which all 189 people onboard died.
Problems: In addition to the split, Tom Girardi faces a number of other legal situations, including bankruptcy and multiple civil lawsuits from his former clients
They were sued for allegedly embezzling funds meant for families of victims.
Tom’s license to practice law in California was revoked in March when he also was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease the same month.
Edelson PC reps said in court docs the divorce was orchestrated to ‘fraudulently protect Tom and Erika’s money’ as they’re ‘on the verge of financial collapse.’
Tom was subsequently sued by Wells Fargo Vendor Financial Services over an unpaid $882,715 balance.
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills airs on Bravo Wednesdays at 8/7c.
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