A legal fight has divided the family of retired San Francisco Giants great Orlando Cepeda, with one of his daughters-in-law seeking to be named his conservator while the Hall of Famer accuses her in a court document of filing the petition to cover up “elder financial abuse” that has left him with no assets.
In a petition to the Contra Costa County Superior Court filed May 29 and obtained by The Chronicle, Camille Cepeda asked a judge to give her the authority as conservator to make all of Orlando Cepeda’s financial and medical decisions. She claims he has dementia, which he disputes in his response.
Camille Cepeda is married to Cepeda’s youngest son, Ali, who along with one of his three brothers supports her bid for conservatorship, according to the petition.
It declares that Cepeda “has been diagnosed with dementia. … His mental condition prevents him from being able to properly provide for his personal needs for physical health, food, clothing or shelter, and he is at risk of being unduly influenced.”
However, Cepeda filed a response through his attorney on June 4 that appears to bear his signature and disputes the notion that he is incapable of making his own decisions. The filing cites two psychiatric evaluations, the most recent on May 21, that concluded he was able to make his own medical choices and all but the most complex financial decisions, such as securing a mortgage or car loan. Camille Cepeda’s petition said she will provide the court with an evaluation of Orlando’s mental capacity from a licensed physician or psychologist prior to the next hearing, Aug. 12.