#FreeBritney: Can Someone Else Control Your Life Through Conservatorship?

#FreeBritney: Can Someone Else Control Your Life Through Conservatorship?

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What a celebrity case can teach us about conservatorships!

This week Bob interviews celebrity lawyer Christopher Melcher about the controversial conservatorship of Britney Spears. Millions of fans worldwide have called for the end of the control of the megastar's life. Many say she is perfectly able to manage her own life.

What does this case teach us?  What does it mean for you?

Key Points:

What is a conservatorship?

  • A conservatorship is granted by a court for individuals who are unable to make their own decisions.
  • Usually, they are granted in the case of those suffering with dementia or other mental illnesses. “High functioning,” folks usually do NOT have conservatorships.
  • Britney’s conservatorship is split into two parts – one is for her estate and financial affairs, the other is for her as a person.
  • Under this legal agreement, the singer has not controlled her finances since 2008.
  • Her finances must be documented with the court.

In short, the arrangement means that Britney is not in control of large parts of her life, particularly her financial affairs – but also in many of her personal choices.

Can Someone Else Control YOUR Life?  Is That Even Legal?

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