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Judge allows review of Kasem's health

Casey Kasem gained fame through his radio countdown shows that were broadcast in Michigan and across the United States, and and the man was also the voice of the Scooby Doo cartoon character Shaggy. Kasem, now 81-years-old, is in advanced stages of Parkinson's disease, and his daughter has filed for a temporary conservatorship. The petition accuses her father's wife of preventing the daughter and her siblings from contacting Kasem or taking charge of his health care.

An attorney for Kasem's wife said that the radio star had been checked out by both the police and social services workers and asked the court to reject the petition completely. He also stated that a 2007 document had given the daughter oversight of her father's care was overridden by 2011 estate planning documents.

The judge refused to dismiss the case and noted that additional information about Kasem's care had been requested. The judge also felt that there was not immediate need to interfere because he felt that Kasem was receiving adequate care based on reports provided by a attorneys. The court appointed a doctor to review the medical records and confer with the judge prior to a hearing scheduled for Nov 19. The daughter's attorneys supported a delay in the case and a review of medical records and estate planning documents.

When a Michigan resident is in declining health, his or her family may want to investigate conservatorships in order to assure the best health care decisions are made for the ailing family member. An attorney may be able to help answer a family's questions and assist them with the preparation of necessary documents.

Source: USA Today, "Attorney: Casey Kasem receiving adequate care", October 15, 2013

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