Meisner Probate Case Settled

A settlement has been reached in a probate case that led to a temporary conservatorship over Eagles co-founder Randy Meisner. 

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Troy Martin, attorney for Meisner friend James Newton, filed court papers with Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David Cunningham Sept. 11 stating that the case was resolved. No terms were revealed, according to L.A. West Media.

In July, the judge appointed Frumeh Labow, who is experienced in social work, as Meisner’s temporary conservator. Labow’s appointment was recommended by Newton. Cunningham noted in his ruling that a psychiatric report by Dr. David Trader indicated Meisner was vulnerable to the undue influence of others and ordered the bassist to receive 24-hour assistance from a caregiver.

Martin previously claimed that the 69-year-old musician had mental health problems and needed the protection of the court. Martin alleged Meisner’s suicidal thoughts once prompted him to say he wanted to kill people with an AK-47 and then take his own life, the Media said. Newton and Martin also accused Meisner’s wife, Lana, of enabling Meisner’s addiction to primarily alcohol as well as cocaine.

Meisner’s court-appointed attorney, John Rogers, and his private lawyer, Bruce Fuller, both objected to the temporary conservator, saying they had talked to Meisner and found him to be lucid and didn’t need anyone to look after his personal and financial needs. Meisner, Glenn Frey, Don Henley and Bernie Leadon founded the Eagles in 1971. Meisner co-wrote and sang the hit, “Take it to the Limit.”