AMERICAN Pickers star Frank Fritz is expected to pay over $273,000 a year in medical bills despite his low income after he suffered a horrific stroke.
Frank, 59, was hospitalized for a stroke on July 14 and has been recovering at a rehabilitation facility.
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Frank’s friends filed an emergency appointment of temporary guardian and conservator for the star on August 18, claiming his “decision-making capacity is so impaired.”
In court papers exclusively obtained by The U.S. Sun, Conservator MidWestOne Bank filed an Initial Plan that revealed Frank’s monthly expenses.
Frank spends $28,292 monthly on expenses, including $22,832 on “in-home health care.”
The health care alone will cost $273,984 yearly for the star.
Other expenses include 1,250 in food, $850 in health insurance payments, $500 in transportation, $250 in clothing and more.
The monthly expense is alarming, as Frank’s annual income is just $60,000 from “investments.”
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But according to the court papers, MidWestOne Bank provided a plan for Frank to make more money.
The court papers read: “Assets will be invested to start generating income for Mr. Fritz.”
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The conservator has not inventoried Frank’s many collectibles and antiques, but they plan to “leave them largely as they are now.”
The conservator will work with the guardian to “integrate Mr. Fritz into management decisions as he continues to recover.”
A checking account with a “small balance” will be available for Frank’s “personal use.”
The conservator will also “work to apply for disability income for the protected person should he be eligible.”
When asked how long the conservatorship is expected to last, the bank responded “unknown.”
Frank was unemployed at the time of his stroke.
He has no debt listed.
Frank was hospitalized for a stroke on July 14 after a friend found him on the floor of his Iowa home.
The U.S. Sun previously reported Frank would be under temporary guardianship and conservatorship.
The documents read: “Because of his stroke, Mr. Fritz’s decision-making capacity is so impaired that he is unable to care for his own safety, or to provide for necessities such as food, shelter, clothing, or medical care without which physical injury or illness may occur.
“Mr. Fritz’s decisionmaking capacity is so impaired that he is unable to make, communicate, or carry out important decisions concerning his own financial affairs.”
An exhibit was mentioned in the court papers from a doctor, confirming Frank “does not have decisional capacity.”
The legal papers continued: “Decisions must be made for Mr. Fritz’s care and placement while he continues to recover and receive treatment for his injuries.
“Appointment of a guardian and conservator is necessary to avoid immediate harm to him.”
The Petitioner requested a separate “longtime friend” of Frank’s, who “has been assisting him in decision-making since the stroke,” be his guardian.
The bank is the conservator to handle Frank’s financial affairs.
The guardian and conservator were both approved by the court.
By the time of Frank’s discharge from the rehabilitation center, his Iowa farmhouse must have “ramps” and “handles” for the shower and toilet.
The guardian will help Frank with his Crohn’s disease treatment and continued physical therapy.
He will also help the former American Pickers star grocery shop, cook and “get Frank to any activity he feels up to.”
Frank last appeared on American Pickers during a March 2020 episode, as he took time off to recover from back surgery, which left him with 185 stitches and two rods in his spine.
During his time off the show, Frank lost 65 pounds.
He also told The U.S. Sun that he entered rehab for alcohol addiction in Iowa for 77 days.
Frank previously said: “I went to rehab and I’ve been sober now for 11 months.
“I didn’t like drinking anymore. My mom was an alcoholic and she died five years ago and it was alcohol-related. My grandfather was an alcoholic and he died. That didn’t sit well with me.”
Frank said of his time in treatment: “They gave me a lot of information and we were booked up for 13 or 14 hours a day. There was no sitting around watching TV or eating food. You were scheduled out for an hour, then an hour and half, all through the day.
“They really give you a lot of one-on-one time. I read 12 self-help books while I was there. I didn’t f**k around. I really got into it. I went there to learn and get the most out of it that I possibly could.
“I had a great time there and I helped other people who were having problems too. It’s one of the best things that have happened to me.”
Frank continued that he goes to meetings “twice a week” after the stint.
FEUD WITH MIKE
Frank was open about wanting to return to the History Channel series after his hiatus, as he said: “I’d still like to get back to my job, I miss my friends and my people and being on the road and meeting all those different characters.”
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But Mike soon revealed Frank had been fired from the series.
Frank previously confirmed to The U.S. Sun that the longtime friends had a falling out.
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Frank is currently on the outs with former co-star Mike Wolfe