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Falk’s Daughter Files For Conservatorship

Friday, March 20th, 2009

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The AP reports that Peter Falk’s daughter Catherine has filed papers in a Los Angeles court seeking to establish a conservatorship over the “Columbo” actor.

Catherine Falk claims a conservatorship is the only way to prevent the actor’s wife from blocking her visits. She was granted one supervised visit last month. She claims her 81-year-old father suffers from advanced dementia.

Catherine Falk, a former real-life private detective, was adopted during Peter Falk’s first marriage to Alice Mayo, which ended in 1976. The actor has been married to former actress Shera Danese since 1977.

The AP story states the filing seeks to establish a conservatorship only over Falk, not his estate. A hearing is scheduled for Monday.

Peter Falk and Catherine have clashed over money in the past—in 1992, she filed suit against him for failing to pay her college tuition. In December 2008, the daughter filed a request for power of attorney over her father. Last month, a court-appointed attorney who met with Peter Falk issued a report stating that he believed the actor does not need to placed under a conservatorship. 

This family feud has been brewing for awhile and is likely to get even dirtier. While this filing is ostensibly not about Falk’s estate, cases like this seem to always be, ultimately, about the money.

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Peter Falk Conservatorship

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

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Catherine Falk, adopted daughter of actor Peter Falk, 81, claims in a court petition that the actor has Alzheimer’s disease and requires a conservatorship to protect Peter from “fraud or undue influence.” She claims in a petition filed in December that Peter “can easily be deceived into transferring away property.”

His wife of 32 years opposes the petition. According to the Daily News , Shera Falk, claims that Peter never had a good relationship with his daughter. She claims in court papers filed on Tuesday that the court “need not take the drastic step of taking away Peter’s rights under the guise of a conservatorship.”

Shera further suggests that Catherine is intentionally lying in a statement concerning an alleged car accident last year in which Peter crashed into a building. “This statement is incorrect and there never was a car accident,” per Shera’s court papers. “This statement establishes that Catherine is intentionally misrepresenting the facts and does not have any actual knowledge of Peter’s life.”

Those familiar with conservatorship case of Britney Spears, a 27 year old mother of two whose camp has been planning a major tour this year, such as Jordan Miller, owner and online publisher of Breatheheavy, sites, “This poor man is in a tug-of-war between his daughter and wife over the rights to his multi-million dollar fortune. He is 81 years old. He literally cannot take care of himself because he suffers from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. SO WHY IS BRITNEY SPEARS STILL UNDER A CONSERVATORSHIP???”

I care about Peter Falk and his family. My heart goes out to the Emmy-winning actor but his plight raises the same question in me, “Why again is Britney Spears still under a conservatorship?”

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