LOS ANGELES -- Emmy-winning actor Peter Falk of television's "Columbo" fame is suffering from Alzheimer's disease, but he does not need to be placed under a conservatorship.
Court documents show that an attorney who met with the 81-year-old actor believes Falk's care is adequate. Clark Byam wrote that he sees no need for Falk's daughter to be put in control of her father's personal and financial affairs.
Byam describes Falk as "well-dressed, clean and composed."
Falk's daughter, Catherine Falk, was seeking the court's approval for a conservatorship of her elderly father, who she says is suffering from both Alzheimer's and dementia.
According to the petition filed in December, Falk "requires full-time custodial care for his health and safety" and is no longer able to protect himself against "fraud or undue influence."
His daughter claims he is sadly no longer able to "recognize familiar people, places and things." She also says he "remembers events that did not occur."
A hearing is scheduled for Monday to determine whether to establish a conservatorship.
Falk is familiar to most audiences as the star of the television series "Columbo," for which he won four Emmys. He was also nominated twice for Academy Awards for movie roles in 1959 and 1960.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times