We are working remotely and all of us continue to be available by telephone or email. In alignment with national, state and local initiatives as it relates to the coronavirus, we remain open for business and have changed the way we are working for the health and well-being of our employees, and you, our valued clients and colleagues. Read more

Mason & Helmers
We Welcome Your Call
  • Phone 651-323-2548
  • Toll Free 877-389-5533

Hospitalized billionaire center of estate row

A titan in the media industry that might be known to Minnesotans as a primary stakeholder in television network CBS is now, at least according to a lawsuit filed by his longtime companion, incapable of making medical decisions or himself, or, for that matter, appointing a new person to make those decisions on his behalf.

Although the companion wanted the billionaire to have an immediate evaluation, the judge hearing the case declined to do so, saying that there was evidence that the man was in the care of a physician and that he did not seem to be facing any looming medical issues that would require the intervention of a medical representative.

The companion who filed the suit was recently removed as the billionaire's medical representative, meaning that she will no longer be able to make life or death decisions on her friend's behalf. The man also reportedly had her leave his upscale home about two months ago.

For their part, those affiliated with the billionaire, and still apparently in his good graces, have said that recent medical evidence shows that the billionaire is perfectly capable of making decisions and severed ties with his companion of his own accord. They also accuse the billionaire's companion of simply being upset about an overhaul in the billionaire's estate plan that could well leave her without an expected inheritance after the billionaire dies.

In any event, sometimes debates over who makes health care decisions or who, if anyone, will serve as a legal guardian for a person can lead to extensive and stressful probate litigation. Saint Paul, Minnesota, residents in such situations may need to explore their legal options.

Source: New York Daily News, "Sumner Redstone won't have to undergo medical testing to prove mental status in court battle with ex-girlfriend: judge," Nancy Dillon, Nov. 30, 2015.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

For Assistance with Estate Disputes & Other Matters, Contact Us

To learn more about the firm and how we can assist you,
contact Mason & Helmers in St. Paul, Minnesota. Call 651-323-2548 or 877-389-5533 (toll free) to set up an appointment.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review
rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories — legal ability and general ethical standards.

Contact Our Attorneys

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Email Us For A Response
Mason & Helmers

Mason & Helmers
332 Minnesota Street
Suite W-3070
St. Paul, MN 55101

Toll Free: 877-389-5533
Phone: 651-323-2548
St. Paul Law Office Map