Britney Spears Court Battle To End Her Thirteen Year Conservatorship.
On Wednesday 23 June 2021, Britney Spears addressed the court for the first time in an attempt to end her thirteen year court ordered conservatorship which has controlled her career, finances and decision making.
The conservatorship was put in place in 2008, after Britney's breakdown in 2007.
Last year, Britney's lawyers attempted to remove her father as the sole conservator under the conservatorship, however, the judge denied the request and instead, appointed an independent financial group, Bessemer Trust, to serve as a co-conservator to manage her estate alongside Britney's father.
What is a conservatorship?
A conservatorship is similar to the legal arrangement known in Australia as an Enduring Power of Attorney and Enduring Guardianship, where a person or trustee organisation is appointed to manage another person's financial affairs, health and lifestyle decisions when they are unable to do so due to physical or mental limitations, old age or diminished/loss of capacity.
In the U.S., a conservatorship is court ordered where a judge appoints a person or organisation (“conservator”) to care for another person, an adult ( “conservatee”) who cannot care for themselves and/or manage their own finances.
Britney's case highlights how powerful these legal arrangements are once they are in place, which greatly affects and limits one's life.
There has been a multitude of claims by Britney of abuse under the conservatorship.
Ultimately, it is for the court to determine at the special hearing whether Britney's thirteen year conservatorship should end or remain.
For more news on Britney's case, visit: Forbes.com
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