Zsa Zsa Gabor circa 1950

Zsa Zsa Gabor circa 1950.

Zsa Zsa Gabor's Contentious Conservatorship Put to Rest

The socialite only requires a general conservatorship to be established over her estate

Following a long and arduous battle between Zsa Zsa Gabor’s ninth husband Frederic Prinz von Anhalt and the actress’s recently deceased daughter Constance Francesca Gabor Hilton, the results of Gabor’s conservatorship case are in and the results publicly affirmed. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Clifford Klein has officially terminated von Anhalt’s ephemeral oversight of his wife’s finances and medical care, purporting that the socialite only requires a general conservatorship to be established over her estate. Her medical needs as well will be purveyed through an advanced health care directive.

In March 2012 Hilton, the socialite’s only daughter, contended that her mother needed a conservator, and explicated that von Anhalt was not a suitable choice for the position. She argued that von Anhalt kept her ill mother “increasingly isolated” and “heavily sedated” while Gabor’s Bel Air estate was in default concerning several missed mortgage payments. Nonetheless, following von Anhalt’s multiple refutations, alleging that he deserved access to his wife’s finances and could serve as a reputable conservator, a court later appointed him conservator with several stipulations. First, he was required to send all financial records to Hilton’s attorney on a monthly basis, and, second, Hilton was allowed weekly visits to see her mother without von Anhalt present.

Until January 5, von Anhalt served as the transitory conservator responsible for his wife’s financial personhood. When Hilton passed away that day after suffering a stroke, her death catalyzed von Anhalt’s complete retainment of the conservator position and eradicated all doubts pertaining to his competence. Von Anhalt was soon in charge of selling the couple’s $11 million home and handling the media coverage of the quarrel he experienced with Gabor’s daughter. Following the June 2015 ruling, however, Gabor’s husband will no longer head his wife’s estate or medical needs. The termination of his conservator status signifies an end all to a decade long dispute and a conclusion to Gabor’s personal financial crisis.  

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