It’s been a year since Erika files for divorce in November 2020, releasing the statement “After much consideration, I have decided to end my marriage to Tom Girardi.” She added at the time, “This is not a step taken lightly or easily. I have great love and respect for Tom and for our years and the lives we built together.”
Us Weekly now reports that Tom will be represented in divorce proceedings through his dentist brother and conservator Robert Girardi. The disgraced ex lawyer filed a substitution of attorney on Tuesday, Dec 7th removing their current attorney. Tom became his own counsel and as Tom’s conservator, this mean’s Robert became Tom’s attorney.
Tom was placed in a conservatorship due to what would be diagnosed as Dementia and early onset Alzheimer’s three months following the divorce filing.
It was revealed in a June hearing that Tom was not happy with the arrangement. He stated to the court at the time, “Obviously I disagree with the conservatorship altogether.” It appeared he intended to “put together the reasons why the conservatorship should be dissolved.” In July despite Tom’s efforts, the conservatorship became permanent.
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Divorce proceedings are of course, not the only legal battle Tom continues to face. Though neither Tom nor Erika have been officially charged with any crime, Tom’s former law firm Girardi Keese, is in the throes of battling a lawsuit alleging over 26 million of victim’s money was misappropriated by the firm.
Erika, for one has maintained her innocence, stating on RHOBH, “What’s being said is just, I mean, It’s insane. That lawsuit that says my divorce is a sham so I could hide assets – people want to believe that.” She exasperatedly added, “I could have never predicted this f–king s–t.”
Erika has also refused to confirm any guilt on Tom’s part and wants to believe the best in her future ex husband. When prodded by Andy Cohen at the reunion she responded, “It does not look good. However we still need to get to the bottom of it. Only one side of the story has been told.”
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“I feel terrible. This is not who I am,” Erika explained to Andy and the ladies. “And I hope this is not who he is. … I hope that he has not done what is alleged here.” Seeing as how Tom is invoking his 5th amendment right and his health is on an unfortunate decline, its likely we will never get the other side of the story.
TELL US- HOW DO YOU THINK THE DIVORCE PROCEEDINGS WILL GO? WHAT DO YOU THINK OF TOM’S DECISION TO SERVCE AS HIS OWN COUNSEL THROUGH HIS BROTHER? ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO WATCHING THE LEGAL DRAMA UNFOLD ON THE NEW SEASON OF RHOBH?
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