Mickey Rooney's legal and financial affairs will remain under the permanent control of his lawyer after a judge in Los Angeles ruled his conservatorship should stay in place indefinitely.
The veteran actor's attorney Michael Augustine was appointed temporary conservator in February (11) after the Oscar-winner filed court papers claiming his step-son Christopher Aber had been trying to convince him to sign over control of his assets.
The 90 year old alleged he feared for his safety and in a sworn declaration to the court, Augustine claimed he had found $400,000 (£250,000) missing from one of the star's bank accounts. A judge granted his request for a restraining order against Aber and his wife.
The case went back to court on Friday (25Mar11) and a judge made the conservatorship permanent. The restraining order against the Abers was not extended, but the couple has reportedly agreed to continue staying away from Rooney.
Papers filed as part of the court case suggest Rooney's finances have been in turmoil in recent months, with Augustine claiming the actor is so broke he has resorted to wearing the same clothes day after day and only owns one pair of shoes, according to Reuters.