A Palm Beach Circuit judge closed the guardianship proceedings on Monday for renowned socialite Mary Montgomery, asking a Palm Beach Post reporter and photographer to leave the courtroom.
Montgomery’s attorney Theo Kypreos invoked a provision of guardianship law to close the proceedings that will delve into whether Montgomery is unable to take care of herself.
The Post requested a hearing in front of Circuit Judge John Phillips and presented case law but to no avail. He said he saw nothing that would supersede Montgomery’s request under guardianship law.
Montgomery was excused from the proceeding on whether she and her multi-millions should remain in the care of her daughter. Her former administration assistant Hilda Santana has petitioned the court to be her guardian, citing Courtnay’s arrest in Minnesota where she allegedly tried to bite a law enforcement officer checking on her mother’s welfare.
Courtnay Montgomery was not present when the proceeding was closed.
Montgomery is the widow of late legal legend Robert Montgomery. The couple have given away $100 million to causes and are considered the county’s foremost philanthropists.
The hearing is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday.