Erika Jayne‘s current storyline on Real Housewives of Beverly Hills has been that she’s divorcing her 82-year-old husband Tom Girardi who turned out to be a crook lawyer. Unfortunately for 49-year-old Erika, legally speaking it’s not as easy to wipe your hands clean of a husband who was allegedly embezzling money from victims he represented to pay for her pop career. While she’s dealing with that, Tom is the one facing the major brunt of legal repercussions as he was the lawyer allegedly doing the embezzling.
Tom was diagnosed with dementia, and a conservatorship was filed by his brother, Robert Girardi. People says that decision is in, and the court has officially recognized Robert as the conservator over Tom’s person and estate.
Tom is in the middle of some serious embezzling issues where he’s been sued by victims he’s represented for allegedly stealing their money. He’s also been sued by his former business partners for allegedly stealing money from them too.
At the beginning of the year, Tom was having some issues with his mental competence, at least that’s what his lawyers claimed. In February, a doctor came in, Dr. Nathan Lavid, and he gave a sworn declaration to the court that per his medical expertise Tom was suffering from dementia and late-onset Alzheimer’s. Dr. Nathan wrote that Tom was “unfit” for court proceedings and so in June, hearings were held for Robert to take over conservatorship of Tom. Tom didn’t seem too into it, saying back in June:
“Obviously, I disagree with the conservatorship altogether… I think that we should put together the reasons why the conservatorship should be dissolved, and then we’ll address it, address the court. Right now, I have nothing to say to the court.”
But the court didn’t really care about that and said that Tom “consents and does not object” to the conservatorship. As of this Monday, it was made official.
Tom Girardi’s younger brother Robert filed the official letters of conservatorship in court on Monday, making him the effective conservator over Tom’s person and estate.
Court records obtained by People cited Tom’s dementia diagnosis, which is classified as a “major neurocognitive disorder,” as the reason for the conservatorship.
Lawyers for both Robert and Tom had no comment when reached by People.
It’s just a matter of time before Erika decides to rehab her image with some good-samaritan work and tries to free Tom from his conservatorship. We know conservatorships have been getting heat these days! Erika will come out with her own line of shirts that say “#FreeTom!” which will spread awareness …and also help her pay back Tom’s embezzlement victims.