Michael R. Mastro is competent again.
The bankrupt former Seattle real-estate magnate suffered a head injury three months ago in a fall at his Palm Springs, Calif., home, prompting a bankruptcy judge to deem him incapacitated and appoint a guardian to represent his interests in court.
But the guardian, retired state Supreme Court Justice Faith Ireland, said this week her services no longer were needed.
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Marc Barreca agreed Friday, meaning Mastro is considered competent and can be asked to testify.
Ireland's move came after James Rigby, the trustee seeking to recover assets for Mastro's many creditors in Washington's largest bankruptcy, asked Barreca to order an independent medical exam and turn over all Mastro's medical records.
Rigby has questioned for weeks whether Mastro, 85, was really incapacitated.
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Mastro Declared Competent to Testify in Bankruptcy Trial