Francesca Hilton died at the age of 67 on January 6, 2015. Francesca was the only child of well-known actress Zsa Zsa Gabor and hotel magnate, Conrad Hilton. Francesca had fallen on hard times prior to her death, living in her car from time to time in and around Los Angeles, California.
Francesca had sought financial relief from her mother, however Zsa Zsa is currently under a guardianship and unable to make such decisions. Prinz von Anhalt, Francesca’s step-father and Zsa Zsa’s current spouse, is the Court-appointed Guardian and cannot use any of Zsa Zsa’s money to support Francesca. In an effort to support herself, Francesca had been working on a book and her long-time publicist was hoping for a book deal.
Francesca’s predicament raises a key issue that many should consider. When parents become incapacitated and a guardianship is created, they cannot continue to support their children in any form. The guardianship process is overseen by the Court to ensure that all of the guardianship assets are used to support the incapacitated person. Even if a child or other family member demonstrates a pattern of support from the incapacitated person, the Court will not allow those assets to be given to the child or family member.
If you or someone you know have questions concerning guardianship or the guardianship process contact the experienced attorneys at Ford + Bergner LLP today.