Now 69 and suffering the effects of Alzheimer's disease, the veteran Reagan aide is at the center of a bitter family feud. His third wife is battling two of his children from an earlier marriage over who should oversee his estate and take responsibility for his care -- one side slinging allegations of abduction, the other side claiming neglect.
The two sides faced off in a courtroom, where his wife of eight years, Aleta Sindelar Speakes sought to overturn the conservatorship a judge granted last year to Larry Speakes's daughter, Sondra Speakes Huerta. Not in court: Speakes, who now lives in a nearby assisted-living home not far from his daughter, and 1,000 miles away from his wife. His children, their lawyer Jamie Jacks decided "it was not necessary for him to be present."
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The Speakes Family Battle Goes South