Estate litigation surrounding Randy Meisner, bassist for the legendary classic rock band The Eagles, looks to intensify over the coming months after the untimely death of his wife. Lana Meisner, 63, is said to have died accidentally by gunshot on the evening of March 6th while moving her spouse's firearms at their Studio City apartment. In a rare turn of events, the 70-year-old Meisner filed for a temporary conservatorship for himself in Los Angeles County Superior Court, citing his fragile emotional and mental state. A judge allowed for him to appoint his friend Arthur Ford and accountant Tom DeLong as temporary conservators who will be responsible for his estate and medical care.
Meisner's request for a conservatorship is only the first twist in the story, however. On April 1st, Jim Newton, a self-identified "friend" of Meisner's from their native Nebraska, entered a filing that calls for the appointment of an independent conservator for the troubled Eagles bassist. Newton's stated goal? Get Meisner the best care and supervision possible and reunite him with his estranged adult children, upon whose behalf Newton claims to be acting. On May 25th a judge will decide whether to override the temporary conservatorship with Newton's proposed choice of a private professional fiduciary with experience in tackling mental health problems to oversee his estate.
Someone will need to oversee Meisner's financial affairs and overall health. Yet judging from past statements from a number of witnesses, Meisner's mental and physical condition, as well as his marriage, had been nothing less than a wreck for several years. Loud, and sometimes violent, fights between the couple were a regular occurrence, a state of affairs only worsened by the rock star's chronic alcoholism. Close friends and Meisner's own children assert that Lana used this ailment as a tool of control, isolating her husband from his family in order to hijack his money - an accusation that would entail undue influence and even elder financial abuse. In addition, Lana even remarked on several occasions that she would spend all of Randy's money so his children would be left empty-handed, and she wouldn't leave the turbulent relationship since that would mean 'she would not receive her inheritance under his estate pursuant to a prenuptial agreement.'
Meisner's representatives object to these 'one-sided' claims, noting that Newton hadn't been a 'longtime friend' of Meisner. While Newton admits he only re-established ties with Meisner in 2013 through the latter's son, he says that the Eagles bassist told him during a moment of clarity that he wanted to divorce from Lana, who allegedly 'was trying to hasten his demise.' Tough questions on Meisner's medical care have also arisen, since multiple parties have reported that Lana was at the very least negligent in getting her husband effective treatment for a whole host of debilitating conditions. It will be up to a judge in Los Angeles County Superior Court to rule whether Meisner's current conservatorship serves his best interests, but regardless of how litigation goes, we can all agree that the rock-n-roll lifestyle isn't all it's cracked up to be in this tragic saga.