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Tim Conway's daughter petitions court for guardianship

The comedic actor Tim Conway, whose fans in New York may have first encountered in his television roles on "McHale's Navy" and "The Carol Burnett Show", has been overcome by dementia. A dispute about his care has erupted between his wife and his 56-year-old daughter. The daughter wants the right to oversee his medical care and has filed court papers seeking an appointment as his conservator.

Court documents reveal the daughter's concern about the intention of her father's wife to remove him from a skilled nursing facility. His wife allegedly plans to place the 84-year-old actor in another facility where he would lose access to 24-hour care and a speech therapist. The speech therapy is meant to alleviate Conway's difficulty with swallowing. According to his daughter's petition, Conway needs assistance with personal care and eating. If the court approves her guardianship request, she will personally manage her father's medications.

Conway earned awards during his Hollywood career, including a Golden Globe Award for his work on "The Carol Burnett Show" where he portrayed entertaining characters like Mr. Tudball and Oldest Man. A special guest appearance on "30 Rock" resulted in an Emmy. He also was the voice behind Barnacle Boy on the popular television cartoon "Spongebob Squarepants".

A person who needs to take over the care of an elderly relative might not have experience interacting with a court. An attorney familiar with guardianships could prepare court paperwork and organize evidence about the elder's incompetency and the proposed guardian's fitness to manage the elder's financial or medical affairs. With legal support, a person might succeed in communicating the case effectively to a judge.

Source: People, "Tim Conway's Wife and Daughter Are Fighting Over His Medical Care as He Battles Dementia", Robyn Merrett, Aug. 28, 2018

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