By Anthony McCartney
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge said he did not see any urgent need for a conservatorship for Casey Kasem after a court-appointed attorney told the judge Tuesday that the ailing radio personality is receiving adequate daily care.
Attorney Samuel Ingham told Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Roy Paul on Tuesday that he has visited Kasem and that he did not see the immediate need for a conservatorship but that he still lacked information about the “American Top 40″ legend’s doctors and treatments. Kasem is suffering from advanced Parkinson’s disease, according to court papers filed by his adult daughter, Julie Kasem.
She filed a petition for a temporary conservatorship last week, accusing his father’s wife, Jean, of blocking her and her siblings from seeing their father and preventing them from making decisions about his medical care.
Kasem has been checked out by police detectives and social services workers, said Marshall Grossman, an attorney for Jean Kasem, the radio star’s wife of 33 years. Grossman urged Paul to reject Julie Kasem’s petition outright and said the efforts by her and her siblings were hurting his client and the radio host. He said a 2007 document that appointed Julie Kasem as an overseer of her father’s medical care had been superseded by 2011 estate planning documents, which Grossman filed in court on Tuesday.
Paul refused to dismiss the case, noting that Ingham had requested additional information about the radio host’s medical care. The judge also noted that based on court filings and attorneys’ representations, it did not appear that any court intervention was necessary to ensure Kasem was receiving proper care.
Paul appointed an independent doctor to review Kasem’s medical records and to meet with him and report back to the court before a Nov. 19 court hearing.
Attorneys for Julie Kasem supported a delay in the case for the medical evaluation and further investigation of the radio host’s estate planning documents.
Casey Kasem, 81, gained fame with his radio music countdown shows, “American Top 40″ and “Casey’s Top 40,” and was also the voice of Shaggy in the cartoon “Scooby Doo.”
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