Thursday, June 30, 2011
Actress Zsa Zsa Gabor has been admitted into hospitals numerous times since last summer and recently was in a coma. As the actress struggles during her final days, Gabor’s only daughter and husband of twenty-five years have been continuously fighting.
Francesca Hilton, Gabor’s daughter, claims that Frederic Prinz Von Anhalt (Gabor’s current and ninth husband) will not speak to her or allow her to visit her mother. Von Anhalt maintains that he is taking impeccable care of the ailing actress and claims that Hilton is only after her mother’s life insurance.
Both individuals have persuaded Gabor to rewrite her will without telling the other party. Recently, Von Anhalt put Gabor’s house on the market for $15 million and auctioned off some of Gabor’s items. In 2005, Hilton and Von Anhalt fought in court over Gabor’s house.
Sadly, when distrust exists between a child and new spouse, this type of feud often follows the incapacitation of the parent/spouse. Even when an effective power of attorney is in place, the other party can, and often will, ask a judge to impose a guardianship to protect the parent/spouse. Seeking the advice of an experienced guardianship attorney can sometimes help conflicting parties resolve these conflicts outside of a courtroom.
See Danielle and Andy Mayoras, Family of Zsa Zsa Gabor Feuds In Actress' Final Days, Financial Planning, Jun. 27, 2011.
Special thanks to Jim Hillhouse (WealthCounsel) for bringing this article to my attention.