Peaceful Easy Feeling for Eagles Co-Founder in Conservator Court Battle
A legal battle over who should serve as a conservator for Eagles co-founder Randy Meisner has been settled as both sides agreed the two men currently serving as temporary overseers of the entertainer’s personal and business affairs should be given permanent roles.
The resolution means that Meisner’s longtime friend, Arthur Ford, will continue to be responsible for getting proper health care for the 70-year-old bassist and that Meisner’s accountant, Thomas DeLong, will remain in charge of his financial issues.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge William Barry extended the temporary conservatorships of Ford and DeLong until Dec. 30, but their roles are scheduled to become permanent as soon as the lawyers present the judge with the proper paperwork to sign.
Meisner’s wife, Lana, suffered a fatal gunshot wound March 6 when she lifted a rifle that accidentally discharged in the couple’s Studio City home, according to police. Meisner’s lawyer, Bruce Fuller, filed a petition on his client’s behalf five days later asking that a conservatorship be established to provide for Meisner’s care, maintenance and support.
Fuller stated in his court papers that his client was “in a profound state of grief” and “barely able to accept the sudden and tragic loss” of his 63-year-old wife.
In April, the judge found that Meisner was of sound mind when he agreed to have Ford and DeLong as his temporary conservators. But their selections were criticized by James Newton, who filed a competing petition. Newton said he has known Meisner for years and that he speaks often with the musician’s children.
The settlement came on the day trial was scheduled to begin on the dueling petitions.